We must hope that the EU-Turkey migrant deal continues to work, by Daniel Mahony.
Frans Timmerman, vice-president of the European Commission, estimates that around 60 per cent of arrivals have absolutely no reason to ask for refugee status. Various member states across the EU are also beginning to accept this reality. The left-wing Swedish Government has stated that it may have to reject 80,000 of the 163,000 asylum claims made in 2015.
In other countries, some newly arrived migrants are voluntarily leaving. Thousands of Iraqi migrants in Finland, for example, have decided to voluntarily fly back to Iraq citing “family issues and disappointment with life in the frosty Nordic country”.
Surely, these people cannot be Europe’s priority. Accepting large volumes of economic migrants arriving in Europe illegally cannot be a sensible policy, and Europe’s leaders must now ensure that 2015’s unprecedented migratory wave is not repeated again.
PC virtue signalling, which comes at great cost, founders on reality.