Thursday, January 21, 2016

Syrian Refugees Hither and Yon

The hither: while Syrian refugees continue to arrive daily, Toronto and other major cities (Vancouver, Ottawa) are "taking a break" on resettlement. The pause is intended to give these places a chance to make further provision for the influx and the added burden it is posing to local services.

The yon: if you think the refugee issue is problematic in Canada, it's nothing compared to what's going on in Europe--and what, in the wake of a new ruling, the Brits are likely to face:
In a landmark judgment that could see thousands of migrants come to the UK, a British court ruled that four Syrian migrants should immediately be brought to the UK from “The Jungle” camp in Calais because of their right to a family life.  
The ruling came as Britain’s asylum system was thrown into chaos, prompting David Cameron to order a review of the country’s border security.  
Brussels on Wednesday threatened to stop Britain deporting migrants unless it agreed to accept “quotas” of migrants, something which could see the UK forced to admit 90,000 refugees.  
If Britain refuses to accept the quota, the EU has said the UK will no longer be able to use the Dublin Regulation - the rule which states that migrants must seek asylum in the first European country they arrive - to deport foreigners illegally entering the country.  
Senior Conservatives warned that there will be “chaos” in Calais because the changes to EU rules would create a “fast track for migrants” trying to enter the UK.  
There were also warnings that the EU rule change could see thousands more migrants attempting to make the journey to the UK because there will be no chance of them being deported...
Memo to the UK: now would be a topping time to pull out of the EU.

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