It looks like Europe has reached breaking point in tackling the influx of asylum seekers, with the European Union finalising ‘secret plans’ to detain and deport hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers. In addition, the EU will be threatening countries like Niger and Eritrea with aid cuts if they refuse to take back their citizens.
The Mail Online reports that ministers from across the EU are expected to meet in Luxemborg within the week to finalise the plan. Even though the UK is not bound by the plan, as they don’t form part of the Schengen zone, Britain’s home secretary, Theresa May could support the move if it would empty out the migrant camps in Calais – those closest to UK borders.
Any country that chooses to go against the rules imposed ‘would face legal action and fines’ from the EU. According to the document:
“Member states must systematically issue return decisions, take all necessary steps to enforce them and provide adequate resources, necessary for identifying and returning illegally staying third-country nationals.
All measures must be taken to ensure irregular migrants’ effective return, including use of detention as a legitimate measure of last resort.”
May recently called for revised deportation measures for the UK, as mass immigration is impacting negatively on British society and “putting British workers out of jobs”.
TOP IMAGE: From Dismaland, the Banksy inspired theme park, instillation by Banksy to reflect the issue of migrants trying to get into the UK. (By Stephen Clarke / Shutterstock.com)