A spokeswoman for Germany’s Interior Minister said “The relocation scheme ended in September 2017, meaning all applicants arriving after that date will no longer be eligible for resettlement”. What remains is the predictable problem of what to do with the next lot of arriving migrants.
However, with more migrants expected to attempt the Mediterranean crossing from Africa into Europe this summer, it remains unclear how the EU’s future migration policy will look.Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary were proven wise in refusing to take migrants under the scheme as the EU has no plan or resolve to stop and reverse the inward migration.
Germany’s Interior Ministry said on Monday that it will only resettle a small number of migrants from Italy and Greece in the coming weeks, as the European Union’s migrant relocation program draws to a close.
An Interior Ministry spokesperson told DW that far fewer people had fulfilled the necessary criteria for relocation than first expected. “There are now virtually no more asylum seekers in Greece who could be considered for resettlement,” according to the Ministry. To qualify, applicants had to be from a country where the chances of asylum are at least 75 percent.
Last month, some 500 migrants were still waiting to be relocated from Italy to Germany, while in Greece the number less than 40.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Italy (IT) is estimated to have a population of 60.7 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.1% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0.3 million.