The European Commission is drafting a scheme for direct resettlement of 200,000 refugees from Turkey, Lebanon & Jordan to the EU. This would require agreement on quotas for each EU country (except UK, Denmark and Ireland). But this seems less controversial than the issue of quotas for those refugees who are already inside the EU. The new plan should will be presented to EU states in November, and might start to work in March.
The plan represents a 10x increase in EU commitments for direct resettlement. Some EU states believe that direct resettlement will entitle them to close the border to individual asylum seekers. That isn’t part of the Geneva Convention on asylum, but it might be enough for public opinion.


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