THE EU is encouraging economic migrants to make the dangerous journey from Africa because they are failing to send home rejected asylum seekers, senior figures in Brussels revealed.
David Wood, former director-general of immigration enforcement at the Home Office, said: “[In] reality… the vast majority stay here, regardless of the merits of their application.”
In a letter to governments in March, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, said: “Only a third of those who should be returned are effectively returned. This is… not sustainable.”
The commission registers a “rate of effective return” to non-EU countries of 36.4 per cent.
In a joint letter to the then Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni in July, President Juncker, First Vice-President Timmermans and EU Migration Commissioner Avramopoulo commended Italy on their important role in managing migration.
The letter said: “These include measures to accelerate relocation, mobilising additional funding and deploying EU agency personnel.
“The pace of relocation has continued to increase over recent months, with transfers reaching more than 1,000 every month since November 2016 and June 2017 representing a new record monthly high with over 3,000 transfers.
“As of 24 July, the total number of relocations stands at 24,676 (16,803 from Greece; 7,873 from Italy). However, more efforts are needed to accelerate transfers from Italy, especially in view of the current situation in the Central Mediterranean.”
It follows reports that Poland has asked the European Commission to withdraw its legal proceedings against Warsaw over its migrant relocation quotas and said it was ready to fight its case in court.
“Should it be continued, Poland is prepared to argue its case before the Court of Justice of the European Union.”
Mariusz Blaszczak claimed the European Commission was not doing enough to protect his country
Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said: “Paris, Stockholm, Brussels, Berlin, Manchester, Barcelona.
“How many more European cities have to be hit by terrorists so the European Union wakes up? So the European Commission acknowledges that accepting blindly all those who come to the European shores is akin to putting a noose around Europe’s neck?”