Tusk: western balkans route must be “for illegal migration closed forever” remain

Tusk: western balkans route must'fur illegale migration fur immer geschlossen' bleiben

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a rather isolated impression at the migration summit in Vienna, and not only visually. Photo: Andy Wenzel / Federal Chancellery of Austria.

Vienna summit decides to increase Frontex funds

Yesterday, eleven leaders and ministers from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Germany and Austria met in Vienna to discuss the migration crisis. In addition, the meeting, hosted by Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, was attended by EU Migration Commissioner Avramopoulos and EU Council President Tusk. Tusk explained that it was necessary to "practically and politically ensure that the Western Balkans route for illegal migration is closed forever." In February, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had strongly criticized the decision to stay on this route.

Kern announced after the meeting that it had been agreed to increase funding for the EU’s border protection agency Frontex. According to him, Frontex should also be deployed in countries such as Serbia, which are not yet members of the EU, so that borders can be secured even if "the Turkey deal might collapse". Otherwise Europe "fail on this question".

Orban: "Central European" Talking climate without "European blah blah"

The most detailed statement after the summit was made by Viktor Orban. The Hungarian prime minister praised Kern, who had created a climate for discussion that was conducive to the summit’s success "very central european" and "very open" had been why there was no "European blah-blah" had given. He, Orban said, also got the impression that this was, "that Austria is anxious to revive old friendships and restore order".

"Emergency script"

Like Kern, Orban is skeptical about the Turkey deal. He therefore calls for a "emergency script", that in case the deal does not work out as promised, a new defense" provides. According to his words "not to run along Greece’s southern border", as the Greek government has proven in the past that it is overwhelmed with the protection of the EU’s external border. However, the summit participants did not agree on where it should go: "The first possibility is the Greek-Macedonian border, the second is the Macedonian-Serbian border, and the third is the Serbian-Hungarian border". In any case, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary should receive significantly more resources from Brussels to solve their problems.

Asylum center in Libya

In addition, the Hungarian Prime Minister supports the plans of the Social Democratic Austrian Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil and the Christian Democratic Austrian Aubenminister Sebastian Kurz to establish facilities outside the EU where asylum seekers must submit their asylum applications and await their asylum procedures. The Libyan coast seems to him to be a suitable location, which is why he pleads for an agreement to be reached quickly with the Libyan government. The security of the asylum center could then be taken care of by the EU, which should also provide schools and hospitals there.

Styrian governor proposes separate accommodation of problem traps

In order to improve security in asylum centers in Austria, the governor of Carinthia, Peter Kaiser, wants to propose the following at the conference of migration advisors planned for Wednesday in Graz, "repeatedly behaving erratically and with a tendency to violence" place problematic cases among underage asylum seekers in separate facilities where they can be better cared for by specially trained and equipped staff. Earlier, a case from Styria made headlines in Austrian media in which a group of such individuals took control of a home and locked a social pedagogue in her office.

Hollande wants "Jungle" open at Calais

French President Francois Hollande did not attend migration summit in Vienna. Meanwhile, he announced on the i-Tele channel that the approximately 9.000 Africans and Orientals from the "Jungle" near Calais, where migrants wait for opportunities to enter England illegally, to "Arrival and orientation centers" to be distributed throughout France. These centers will then house about 50 people at a time for up to four months. Within this period, the stay should be legalized or terminated depending on the individual conditions at hand.

The situation in Calais had led to massive problems with truck drivers, residents and the British government. The latter therefore has walls built around its exit from the armelkanaltunnel to prevent further illegal entries there (cf. Link at 45576).

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