Target: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
Goal: Thank the European Union for granting E.U.-wide asylum for 120,000 refugees.
After 3,000 refugees have lost their lives trying to reach Europe from war-torn countries and a heart-wrenching photograph of a Syrian toddler face down in the water surfaced, public outcry and urgency from activists led the European Union to come up with a plan for the refugee crisis. Under the proposal, given by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, 120,000 asylum seekers will be distributed among E.U. countries. The plan also calls for economic help to the countries in the Middle East and Africa and deterrence of people-smugglers who are now notorious for putting refugees in potentially fatal conditions.
This quota system will call for 60 percent of refugees who have been stuck in Italy, Greece and Hungary to relocate to Germany, France and Spain. The number of refugees to be distributed are dependent on the countries’ population, unemployment rates, asylum applications already processed, and economy. Countries who refuse to accept the refugees may face financial penalties.
The recent influx of refugees, most of whom are coming from Syria, has been the largest in Europe since World War II. Critics have said that the worsening crisis showed the flaws and divides within the E.U. governance. Thousands of refugees who had landed on European shores were trapped in the countries closest to the Mediterranean Sea due to the E.U. law that stated asylum seekers must stay in the first country they arrive in until asylum is granted. Many suggested a unified plan that set quotas in every member country and allowed refugees to cross borders. Juncker has done just that, while also adding preventive strategies to the plan.
The world felt deep empathy as reports of the refugee crisis and horrific deaths were coming out every day. The desperate refugees were knocking on Europe’s door and now they’ve answered. Refugees have been welcomed warmly, with citizens in Germany and other countries handing out food and blankets to the tired, but now hopeful, refugee families arriving. Thank President Junker and the European Union for proposing a harmonized asylum policy that grants E.U.-wide rehabilitation to refugees.
Dear Mr. Juncker,
I realize that the refugee crisis has fallen into the lap of the European Union when every country who is able should be making a contribution to help the situation. I know this is not an easy task to deal with and that you’ve had the pressure of the world waiting on your decision. I want to let you know that your recent proposal is what I had hoped for the E.U. to do and I appreciate your plan to tackle this humanitarian issue.
Many member states are saying they will be able and willing to handle the influx of refugees for the years to come. Your people have embraced asylum seekers entering their borders with warm smiles, blankets and food. Although not every member state is supportive of the quota plan, many others are, and you put the humanitarian needs above the politics in this situation. The E.U. has come up with a comprehensive E.U.-wide asylum plan, which was the first step.
This should be a proud time for the European Union. Thank you for putting together a plan that ensures the refugees have humane conditions throughout Europe while fairly distributing them within your member states.
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