Is it right for the EU to impose refugee quotas on the UK?

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The EU is planning to change its legislation for a mandatory migrant quota system which will mean EU countries share responsibility for “mass influxes” of non-EU migrants like all the refugees currently trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, Greece and Spain.

EU countries migrant quota would be based on their size, wealth and unemployment rates.

Britain, which last year accepted 31,745 asylum applications, could expect to have these numbers doubled as France already accepts twice as many people as the UK and Germany welcomes seven times more that us.

The UK has always been a place of refuge for people fleeing wars, tyrannical regimes and persecution and we are well known as a welcoming country for those in need.

Should we be accepting more refugees? Is it right for the EU to impose this legislation? What do you see as the options?

Is it right for the EU to impose refugee quotas on the UK?

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silver essex
5th Jul 2015
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Far from being bias just close the door we have enough we tip in
to sea at rate were going if keeps this rate up i wont be round in future i dread to think what it be like in 25-30 years time the people
i feel sorry for are my Grand children they will the ones to suffer
SHOEFLY
26th Jun 2015
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We have half a million a year coming in, our infrastructure cannot cope now. Overseas aid should be re-directed to on a needs basis only. Give the money to countries that have the capacity to deal with them. We cannot fit the middle east and africa on to this small island. Cultural differences are huge, and we do not whether these people are genuine refugees, economic migrants or terrorist infiltrators.
scandiman
22nd Jun 2015
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No, we will not have quotas imposed on us. The UN should be tackling the problem at source so people do not want to leave their homeland. UK is already too crowded. Policies like this from EU will cause civil unrest, and push millions of disaffected UK citizens into the arms of the far-right.
On a different subject, why are we trying to bring home those who want to join ISIS? If they want to go, let them. On the strict understanding they will not be allowed to return. Why have we allowed 700+ jihadists to return? Our stupidity beggars belief.
nanabet48
19th Jun 2015
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How long is it before one immigrant becomes a family of 5 or 6? It is not just a case of helping them because they are facing difficulties in their own countries, it is the consequence of that help that also affects any country they settle in.

All we are doing is putting a sticking plaster on to try and stop the bleeding when it really needs stitching and finding out why it bled in the first place and then cure the root of the problem.

One comment was to have an army that went to sort out the leaders of these countries the immigrants are coming from and I truly believe this is the only solution. Start with the corrupt people who are lining their own pockets while the rest of the country live in abject poverty and oppression and invest the wealth in improving the country.

If the powers that be really want to overcome this problem they need to all be of the same mind and force the corrupt leaders to do the right thing by their people.

Perhaps this would happen in a perfect world - but it has to start somewhere!
Samwise
4th Jun 2015
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No it is not, and even if they do we just tell them where to go.
Greenwitch
3rd Jun 2015
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Sick to death of handing out aid to other countries whilst our own people who have paid in are put to the back of the queue. In today's news the President of South Africa has built himself a £17.5 million mansion and we sent £19 million in aid - disgusting!
SHOEFLY
31st May 2015
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In this over populated world, I fear it is a land grab. How many more can this world sustain without more wars, disease and pestilence. global warning is natures way of warning, how many more animals to become extinct so more people survive. David Attenborough has warned this many times. People should be discouraged from prolific breeding or there will be no world left for future generations.
Philip PM
29th May 2015
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We have always been a place of asylum for genuine refugees, and have a proud record down the centuries for doing so. This should continue, and the overall numbers involved are relatively small.

However, what's upset the apple cart in recent years has been the surge in the number of economic migrants seeking a better life in the west. Membership of the EU is intended to facilitate the free movement of capital and labour between members states, but unfortunately the capital markets, which are increasingly global, are a law to themselves, which leaves the EU as the whipping boy for the problems associated with labour movement.

This is all then exacerbated by the general lawlessness and exploitation apparently endemic to large regions of Africa and Asia, which has produced a new generation of migrants fleeing real dangers and hardships at home, and seeking a better and safer life in the process.

If there's going to be a workable solution to this problem, it needs to focus around ways of dealing with these issues in the 'home' countries. Not easy, when any measures we may take will be condemned as imperialist or neo-colonialist. However, we do need to persevere if we are to persuade migrants to stay at home and not risk swamping our ability to support our own population.
silver essex
5th Jul 2015
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Is he living in real world or cloud cuckoo land the people from East
Europe dont contribute to UK just take out just look at Roma
dave54
23rd May 2015
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stop all the benefits and see how many want to come here
andbrown01
23rd May 2015
4
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no we must decide how many we can take
Soozie63
22nd May 2015
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We may be classed by the EU as a 'wealthy' country but we are a small island and cannot cope with the amount of people here already.
scandiman
14th May 2015
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We should be sorting out the problem in the home country, so people don't feel the need to leave. There should be a UN army, capable of removing tyrants and forcing governments to treat their people properly. No one should be dictating to us how many immigrants we receive. This is a reason I strongly believe UK must leave EU.
Many of these people are not fleeing persecution anyway, they are economic migrants.
SHOEFLY
30th May 2015
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how many will be jihadi infiltrators, as with the tunisian museum massacre? one got back to italy on a boat
shunter
13th May 2015
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Sooner or later someone will have to take the "Bull By the horns" and deal with the traffickers that make it possible for these individuals -- by first Conning them into believing Europe is paved both in gold + free living etc, Then robbing them of their
meagre possessions & dumping them in a life threatening situation at sea, By "Dealing" I don't mean just simply discussing the problem in various places I mean a co-ordinated REAL EFFORT!- by Europe to wipe out this inhuman racket,
ginnel99
12th May 2015
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I have nothing against anyone. But we need to help our own people.families are having to use food banks here.and in this day and age it's disgusting.I am a pensioner with a long term illness and can't afford to have central heating installed.my doctor tells me to keep warm.I only have a gas fire.scared of the bills.I tried to get a grant for heating and was told unofficially that I couldn't get one but if I had just come into the country I would get one.my dad was in the war for this country.he would turn in his grave now.
rudgy
12th May 2015
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We are always helping ,it's very sad to see ,but I think we have enough to do with looking after are own in this country .
Unfortunately regardless what we are told they get here and do receive benefits and help right away .Get help with filling out all the relivent forms.
There are going to be enough cut backs to the unemployed and the people who work in poorly paid jobs with Cameron and his crew .So no I don't think we should take more people in .They see money and homes for themselves that's why they are all scrambling to get here from Calais ,France.
mick2e1hzm
12th May 2015
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WE have an housing shortage, food banks NHS under funded (thanks mr cameron) where will we house them and will the benefit's stretchy to a few more thousand when the DWP is going to cut £12 million from it's budget. Send them back and make them sort out there own country, when asked a migrant stated on TV that he wanted to come to the UK for "free money free house"
Mandarina
12th May 2015
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We are a relatively small country & the density of people is higher here than France or Germany. We, together with France (Sarkosy) and the U.S. destabilised Libya by getting rid of Gadalfi. Gadalfi was given money to keep a lid on emigration. The problems there & in the surrounding countries need to be addressed. Europe can't take everyone. We need to be much tougher like Australia. An African Bisho p said some years ago that the West needs to get out of Africa & leave her to suffer. Eventually she will come through the problems & be OK.
Peter
12th May 2015
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While I do think we need to help - if we take in a large number of refugees then it sends a clear positive message to those thinking about attempting the trip and could well encourage more to get in the boats. Resulting in more traffickers and more deaths.
sammydarlo
12th May 2015
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No, they should stay in their own countries and sort out the problems there. Running away will sort nothing out and it will just carry on forever. The UK already takes far more than any quota both in legal and illegal immigrants. Poland, Romania, and the east european countries must be about empty by now as their citizens all seem to have headed to the uk, so send these other immigrants there to re-populate those abandoned countries.

Or send them into the rich arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Dubai etc where the cultures are much more similar and the rich arabs live let them house them all. Just where do the EU propose that the uk keep housing all the immigrants they want to keep sending us? In the council houses that cameron and co. are wanting to kick the existing tenants out of on their proposed 5 year tenancy limits? where will they go to school? in schools already full to bursting?

How will the hospitals cope? where will they find jobs? will tax payers have to pay even more tax and see living standards fall even further to keep these immigrants in comfort?

Will the food banks grow at an even more alarming rate and form queues as these people join the end for their handouts?

None of these eurocrats even think of the problems they cause with their ridiculous ideas and proposals, of course they don't need to, because none of them will affect them, they will be safe and secure in their own private little world, isolated from the reality that affects normal people.

Fight and kill ISIS in Iraq and Syria - they who behead babies, men, women and children without exception (and i have seen some more of the atrocities perpetrated by these ISIS scum this evening- they deserve to be wiped out) and create a land for these immigrants and asylum seekers in safety there.
Baxi
11th May 2015
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This is a really tough one. On the one hand there are desperate people who are fleeing from terrible troubles and on the other hand there are people who just want to take advantage of our system. One of the main concerns i have is that people who come to our country should be prepared to integrate not to live in ghettos. All you have to do is look at the past to see that living in a ghetto encourages prejudice and mistrust.

Many immigrants have a lot to contribute and many work very hard. The problem with EU directives is that they are worked out by a bunch of academics who don't have to implement their policies and they don't have to manage the communities which bear the brunt of their decisions.
Jo Kingham
11th May 2015
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I agree we should do our bit BUT there has to be a limit. I don't understand how the infrastructure in our country can possibly cope with many more.
Wilf
11th May 2015
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Yes I do think we should do our fair share whether or not the EU makes us do it. Day after day we see these poor people being rescued by the Italians and Greeks. Most are fleeing from persecution in war torn countries like Syria. People will say " but we have not got enough room in the UK". Well if we put ourselves in their places and see how desperate they are any reasonable person here would want to help. Its exactly the same situation in WW2 70 years ago. We helped then-we should do so again.

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