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Estonia opposes EU migrant quota plan

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEstonia, Hungary and Slovakia do not support European Commission’s upcoming proposal for introducing a quota system to distribute migrants across its member states, German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported in the weekend.

The EU plans to implement quota to deal with a growing number of refugees from Africa and the Middle East, who have managed to reach southern European member states. Currently, Italy, Greece and Malta have been largely left alone to deal with the worst migration crisis in years.

According to the leaked commission text, the EU executive wants member states to resettle around 20,000 new refugees every year, although the final figure could change, EU Observer reports.

ERR reports that Estonia has for long taken a very strict stance against refugee policies. and only a few dozen people a year are granted asylum in Estonia.

Estonia’s Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus recently stated in an interview with the ERR that dealing with asylum seekers is an aftermath, but the real focus should be on ensuring peace in Libya and combating human trafficking.

But five of the six Estonian members of the European Parliament – Marju Lauristin, Urmas Paet, Tunne Kelam, Indrek Tarand, Kaja Kallas – who recently discussed the current Mediterranean migration crisis among other topics at ERR’s Vikerraadio, supported the idea that Estonia needs to show solidarity with the rest of Europe and this may also mean accepting a small number of refugees.

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  1. the truth says:

    if our governments have shown for 20+ years that they are incompetent and unable to solve the existing majority and minority problems in baltic countries (lack of finance, know-how or will to do so), where do they suddenly get the will and knowledge or extra funds to integrate those refugees into the society???
    the whole EU has admitted that ‘multi-culti and integration’ of refugees&migrants has been a failure!!!
    all those wealthy and wise EU countries say that the policy so far has been a big mistake. and now we suddenly think that WE KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THIS PROBLEM THE RIGHT WAY??? who is stupid here??? EU says JUMP and we ask HOW HIGH???
    THOSE COUNTRIES WHO COLONISE AND OCCUPY THOSE REFUGEE COUNTRIES SHOULD END THE INTENTIONALLY CULTIVATED HOSTILE POLICY AND RESOLVE AND TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO CREATE THE REFUGEE PROBLEM!!!

  2. Name it says:

    I like to hear the truth from my enemies. Hungry? Ask me for Money? Why are you feeling like a duck? The truth. Will you survive? Maybe yes, maybe not. Why not? Ask Nato. Cant find a signal. Why poverty exists? Nato also likes to look for the ducks. Do you like to duck? Cruelty. Run for Your life, run to the Woods.

  3. Linda says:

    Russia is also part European and big and large enough to take refugees … after all it’s Russian government fault that Syrian war has not been brought to an early conclusion … veto usage in security council springs to mind. Other governments should opt out of wars unless they have an exit strategy and policy for after the war, etc.

    • Exit says:

      00:29 minutes, why are you not sleeping? Are you trying to find an exit ? Scary. Ask Who about after the war?

      • Linda says:

        I don’t need that much sleep but U need to remember not all commentators on this site live in the GMT + 2 HRS time zone …. we might be several hours behind U.

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