The figures in this plan aren’t high enough by far, but it is a start:
- 40.000 relocations from Italy and Greece, over the next two years
- 20.000 resettlements from presumably Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, over the next two years
Not enough to change the smuggling patterns, but enough to test the political will of European governments and assess the electoral feasibility of such a plan over the long term.
It remains to be seen whether the relocation will happen voluntarily, will take into account the wish of the refugees, and will process them quickly and fairly towards their integration in the European population.
The plan deserves a small nod of approval.
For more information about this plan, you can read the New York Times’ article, ‘European Union Asks Member Countries to Accept Quotas of Migrants‘, which was published on May 27, 2015.