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EU predicts 3 million more Mediterranean migrants by 2017


Published Nov 05, 2015

StevenWoolfe.jpegThe European Union is predicting 3 million more migrants could arrive in the 28-nation bloc by the end of next year. More than 700,000 people have come to Europe seeking sanctuary or jobs so far this year. EU autumn economic forecasts released today say that based on current migrant entries and a "technical assumption" about future flows, arrival rates are unlikely to slow before 2017. The EU Commission said that "overall, an additional 3 million persons is assumed to arrive in the EU over the forecast period." The Commission says the refugee crisis has resulted in additional government spending but that it could have “a small, positive impact on European economies within a few years.”

UKIP’s Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP, responded: "As tens of thousands of people make the trek across the Balkans every day spurred on by Mrs Merkel’s colossal summer mistake in making an open ended commitment to settle so-called ‘refugees’, the Commission has been playing catch up. Its shared quota relocation programme for arriving migrants in is in tatters as other EU states balk at trying to clean up Mrs Merkel’s mess.

“The Commission’s assessment of the positive economic effects of this level of uncontrolled immigration to Europe is laughable. Just ask German businesses, in whose name Mrs Merkel accepted such large numbers of new residents, but who now say that integrating them into the economy effectively will be nigh on impossible over the next few years since 80% don’t have skills and 99% don’t speak German.

“What borders on criminal negligence however, is the Commission’s utter ignorance of what effects such massive numbers of human beings from completely different cultures and religions will have on existing communities within the EU. Already small German towns are hosting migrant communities two or three times the size of their established populations. With the inexorable flow of migrants through the Balkans set to continue and the EU Commission bereft of ideas of how to stop them, the ramifications of decisions made now will impact generations of Europeans in decades to come.”

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