Choice Would Be A Fine Thing

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Front page of today’s Irish Times

The EU’s refugee relocation programme – which was to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy in two years from September 2015 – is moving at a glacial pace.

The Irish Times today reports on Ireland’s involvement in the scheme.

A front page report  headlined, “‘Very low’ take-up of EU refugee programme in Ireland – Only 20 asylum seekers have applied to Ireland so far as part of relocation plan’ may imply that asylum seekers currently waiting in Greece and Italy are able to choose the country in which they would like to live.

Like picking a holiday location.

However…

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According to  the European Asylum Support Office states (above) in a brochure for asylum seekers :

“It is not possible to choose the country to which you are relocated.”

Further to this:

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Previously: Pawns In The Game

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UPDATE:

The Irish Times has updated its headline…

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11 thoughts on “Choice Would Be A Fine Thing

  1. Twunt

    Since Peter Sutherland told us they were all doctors and engineers in Syria I’m sure it had come as a surprise to our refugee taskforce when all they found was angry men of fighting age and hardly a family to be seen.

    German are introducing laws that will exclude many north Africans from getting refugee status, and will deport anyone found guilty of serious crime or resisting the police forces. Time for similar laws here

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      “I’m sure it had come as a surprise to our refugee taskforce when all they found was angry men of fighting age and hardly a family to be seen.”

      You need to stop repeating that lie. Official figures put it at about 70% women and children. What have you got against men, anyway?

      1. Twunt

        I am afraid you are wrong.

        Greece has reported that in total, 75 percent of the refugees are reported to be men, 12 percent women and 13 percent children.

        As for having something against men, I do not. But surely you can see the folly of having a large population of bearly illiterate men with little to keep them occupied. We have enough of those as it is.

    2. Major Thrill

      Since Peter Sutherland told us they were all doctors and engineers in Syria {citation needed} I’m sure it had come as a surprise to our refugee taskforce when all they found was angry men of fighting age {citation needed} and hardly {citation needed} a family to be seen {citation needed}.

      D-. See me after your logical fallacies class for detention.

      1. Twunt

        Ahh bless the boy thinks he’s a principal.
        Peter Sutherland said it on the morning show on Newstalk. The figures come from Greece.

  2. Zuppy International

    Not enough refugees to fill the pockets of the Direct Provision Companies?

    Sure we can always send out the Navy to kidnap some more on the high seas.

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