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Most EU members against migrant quota system, Estonia against any relocation

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As the interior ministers of European Union members were unable to agree on a permanent system to divide migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, Estonia has signalled its inability to accept a single asylum seeker from Africa or the Middle East.

German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports that at the Tuesday, October 9, meeting Germany, France, Malta and Italy saw that only 12 countries said they would be willing to accept rescued migrants on a case-by-case basis, and only after a number of further technical issues were resolved.

Finland is just as disinterested in participating in a binding quota system as Austria and Luxembourg.

Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece criticised the fact the four-country group only dealt with the problem of migrants rescued between Libya and Italy, and not those arriving in Europe in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Together, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece called for more help from the EU.

Estonian position

Meanwhile, Estonia and Eastern European member states reiterated their rejection any plan that would require them to take in migrants.

Estonian Interion Minister Mart Helme (EKRE) told ERR broadcaster in Luxembourg that most European countries at the meeting were ready to contribute with expertise, but there was a widespread scepticism about accepting asylum seekers.

«I also said in our speech that we understand these countries, but our ability to receive them (asylum seekers) is not at all taken into consideration. We will not join this initiative, either formally or informally, but we are willing to show our solidarity through technical assistance and expertise,» Helme noted.

Read more on this: Estonia criticises plan to link EU migrant relocation with financial penalties

The Estonian Interion Minister explained that he does not see any chance for Estonia to accept even one asylum seeker from Africa or the Middle East as most asylum seekers to Estonia came from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.


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  1. Justs says:

    Your population is falling. There are plenty of young men in Africa ready to come into Latvia. Open your borders and accept at least 50,000 Africans per year Latvia!

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