France to Open Gates for 24,000 Migrants Honoring EU Scheme
In the wake of ISIL crisis, hundreds of thousands of people are forced to leave their homes. The barbaric acts of brutality by ISIS or ISIL terrorists have forced people to flee to the EU nations. The horrors of war and the sweeping poverty have left these thousands of people with no choice. As a part of coping plan for migrants’ influx because of war-ridden Africa and Middle East, France has stepped forward with a promise of providing entry within its turfs to 24,000 helpless migrants from those areas. The country will be accepting these 24,000 migrants over a period of 2 years.
François Hollande, President of France has also clarified that the country is prepping up for sending reconnaissance flights that will survey Syrian regions that are under the brutal regime of ISIL or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The information gathered by these military reconnaissance missions will then be used to conduct air strikes against the ISIS terrorists. The President didn’t shy off of saying that millions of people who have been displaced from their homes in Middle East are victims of ISIL’s terror regime.
In Elysée Palace, speaking during a press conference, President Hollande said, “As per our constitution, asylum is nothing but a fundamental right of all humans.” “During these times of crisis, we need to display responsibility and humanity towards all refugees,” he added.
Initially however, France was not ready to accept migrants coming over to her gates through the Mediterranean. However, after Berlin pushed hard enough to come up with a mechanism that every country has to mandatorily follow for the distribution of refugees across European Union nations, French government backed down and agreed to open the nation’s gates. As far as Berlin or Germany is concerned, the country is expecting that in 2015 alone, about 800,000 applications for asylum will be received. This number is greater than the total number of applications that the rest of the EU nations taken together received in 2014.
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of European Commission is supposed to receive a quota system on Wednesday (9th September, 2015) that will be implemented and has to be mandatorily followed by all countries in EU. Some countries have however expressed dissatisfaction on making the process compulsory. They had rather be happy with voluntary involvement.
French President, François Hollande indirectly criticized Hungary during the press conference. Hungary has been strictly opposing the idea of welcoming refugees and in order to display her arrogance on the matter, Hungarian government fenced its southern border with razor wire fence in early 2015.
The President said, “There are some countries that are building walls and resorting to the establishment of ethnic creation. What if we said them, ‘you are not welcome’ when the Berlin Wall fell?” Despite making announcements about accepting refugees and even criticizing Hungary, President Hollande was very careful with his speech because he knew that French people are not equally enthusiastic as their Berlin counterparts on the issue of welcoming refugees of Middle East and Africa.
The fact that French people are not supporting the refugee acceptance idea became clear after the Oxoda poll conducted in first week of September. It turned out in most of the surveys that people France aren’t really approving the government’s stand of accepting political refugees.
President Hollande however said that it is absolutely necessary to build centers at the borders of Schengen Zone, which is a passport-free area of EU, to ensure that those people are filtered out from the refugees who are from relatively safer areas. These filtered out people must be asked to return home.
The President also made it clear that France will not be rushing in with any kind of air strike because a rushed action will simply mean aiding Bashar al-Assad – the Syrian leader. Earlier, France had declined any negotiation with Assad. Mr. Hollande clarified that while French bombers will be striking ISIL in Iraq, they will only gather intelligence in Syria and identify areas in which Syrian troops were forced to retreat. The reconnaissance will also aim to finding intel on ISIL’s plans of targeting France.
Mr. Hollande clarified that Assad used chemical weapons and bombed his own civilians, which is why France has declined all negotiations and will not take any steps that will help Assad. At some point, Mr. Hollande added, Syrian political transition will mean Bashar al-Assad’s departure.