The European Union (EU), has revealed plans to take over 50, 000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey so as to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.
It was gathered that the proposal involves taking refugees to European Union nations over the next two years under the bloc’s resettlement progress, introduced during the migration crisis that hit the continent in 2015.
“We need to open real alternatives to taking perilous irregular journeys,” European Union Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told a news conference in Brussels.
In a statement, the European Commission said it was “recommending a new EU resettlement scheme to bring at least 50,000 of the most vulnerable persons in need of international protection to Europe over the next two years.”
The EU has already resettled 23,000 persons from refugee camps in countries outside the EU under the scheme, notably Turkey and Jordan, which were overwhelmed with people fleeing the war in Syria.
According to the commission, the resettlement would continue from those areas but there would be “increased focus” on Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopia.
“This will contribute to further stabilising migration flows along the Central Mediterranean route,” which mainly involves people making the dangerous crossing from Libya to Italy, it said.