Will Europe get serious about migration policy, with at least 20k people dying over the past 20 years trying to reach Europe?
The nations where migrants first arrive in the EU have for years wanted to send most of them to countries further inland, arguing that member states should share the burden based on the size of the member state. The concept—known in EU-speak as \”solidarity\”—isn\’t popular in richer European countries. It too wasn\’t mentioned in the draft communiqué.
Instead, EU leaders were set to say that migration will be revisited at a summit dedicated to the issue in June 2014. In the meantime, any action will come from recommendations expected in a December report from the European Commission, the EU\’s executive arm, and the European External Action Service, the EU\’s foreign-policy arm.
\”There\’s no appetite to look at this,\” an official familiar with the talks said. \”It\’s clear no one really wants a common [EU] policy\” on migration.
The official said that even the proposals put forward by Italy were timid and vague, failing to demand anything specific from the rest of the EU—a tacit acknowledgment that it didn\’t want to waste political capital for changes that were unlikely to win broad support.