The EU internal reallocation of 160,000 refugees is hardly moving. Less than 1,000 refugees have moved within the month-old scheme. No surprise: why would refugees agree to go to unknown parts of Europe? One way to speed up the reallocation is to widen the criteria for family reunion. Current rules only entitle refugees to move to another EU country if they have a parent, partner or child there. Why not let refugees be reunited with their siblings, aunts, uncles or cousins? They would integrate faster, find work faster, and so on. This isn’t a new idea. UNHCR proposed it to the EU six months ago – see the attached article.
UN plan to relocate Syrian refugees in northern Europe