Malta proposes payments to states for accepting migrants

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 28.4.2017 09:54

Malta, which currently holds the EU presidency, proposed that EU member states could receive 60,000 euros for each asylum-seeker they take in above their quota, however, if they fail to meet the quota requirements, they would be obliged to pay the same amount for each asylum-seeker below their share. The Maltese proposal was discussed on 26 April by EU states’ diplomats, and in the coming weeks, it will be also part of the debate among interior ministers of EU states.

As an alternative to financial compensation, the states can also provide staff to help with the situation in the frontline states, but they must fulfil a condition to take in at least half of their migration quota. Malta hopes that the proposal can persuade eastern European countries to change their views on accepting migrants. Nevertheless, this does not seem to happen anytime soon, and therefore the proposal will be probably on the agenda of the European Council summit in June. Malta has faced a huge influx of migrants in the last years, and the country made it clear that during its EU presidency it will focus primarily on the migration crisis to relieve pressure on the Southern frontline states.

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