The European Commission of the European Union (EU) said last week the hundreds of millions in fines could be levied on countries that do not take in refugees.
Basically, the EU is saying, "Be tolerant, or we’ll force you to be tolerant through intolerance."
Former Prime Minister of Luxembourg and current President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker revealed plans last Wednesday to impose a fine of €250,000 per refugee refused. That's the equivalent of a $284,818.75 fine.
The Telegraph reported:
The European Commission is expected to propose on Wednesday that an emergency scheme to distribute 160,000 people around the bloc following the massive influx last summer be put on a permanent footing, with a quota system of allocations that kick in if there is another vast wave of migrants that overwhelms a country.
Isn’t this forced illegal immigration? The EU has been so focused on making Europe a melting pot that they have no regard for their member countries' financial situations.
To soften the blow of the forced migration, the EU is claiming that other countries taking in refugees will ease the burden of “front-line Mediterranean countries” like Greece and Italy.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the influx of refugees for Greece alone has been staggering. Since the beginning of 2015, Greece has seen 1,012,023 refugees arrive by sea, with 155,300 arriving this year alone as of April 30. At last count, the population of Greece was only 10.9 million people in 2014, according to the World Bank. The bulk of the refugees flooding Greece are from the Middle East.
Italy has also seen its fair share of refugees come in by sea as well. Since the beginning of 2015, Italy has received 182,552 refugees. The bulk of their refugees have been coming from African nations.
The question begging to be asked is, why aren't the Middle Eastern and African countries who aren't involved in conflict taking the bulk of these refugees?
Hungary has offered no quarter to the refugees, yet they have been selected by the EU to accept 1,294 of them. If the EU's fines are imposed, and Hungary does not accept a single refugee from their quota, their fine would total €323,500,000 ($368,663,835).
“Regarding the fines proposed by the European Commission, it is blackmailing,” said Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s foreign minister. “The quota concept is a dead-end street, and I would like to ask the commission not to run into this dead-end street anymore.”