Finland calls for conditioning of EU funding by attitudes towards migration

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 17.5.2017 11:03

On 11 May, Finland's finance minister Petteri Orpo said that the EU should attach more conditions to development funds, as some member states are accepting payments from net contributors, but are unwilling to assume joint responsibility for the migration crisis.

This rhetoric does not represent a new element in the perception of the migration crisis, as officials in the EU and its member states are trying to find leverage that will force countries to accept refugees. The EU proposed a quota system in 2015, which redistributes migrants and refugees based on the countries' population and wealth, but it is perceived as a controversial mechanism not working in reality. Therefore, Malta is proposing financial compensations within the quota system. Orpo's critique is aimed mainly at Central and Eastern European countries, which are, on the contrary, the leading critics of the quota systém, with Hungary and Slovakia challenging it in the EU's Court of Justice just last week. The CEE countries are also criticised over their treating of refugees already present there. Nevertheless, under the influx of refugees the governments of Nordic states also responded by tightening their immigration policies. Some 32,000 went to Finland in 2015.

About author: Tomáš Krajňák

Partners

Tento web používá k analýze návštěvnosti soubory cookie. Používáním tohoto webu s tím souhlasíte. Další informace