Monday, July 2, 2018

Four Arab Nations Refuse to Host EU Reception Centers for Refugees

EU Reception Centers for Refugees
Egypt rejected the idea, agreed during a recent EU summit, to ease tensions over migration in the bloc, but praised the German Chancellor’s intentions to improve the situation in the refugees’ homelands, while Albania, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria have also spoken against disembarkation facilities for refugees on their territories.

"EU reception facilities for migrants in Egypt would violate the laws and constitution of our country. The Egyptian law allows in general no establishment of refugee camps," Speaker of Egypt’s Parliament Ali Abd al-Aal told the German newspaper Die Welt.

According to Abd al-Aal, who is the second man in the country after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, legal migrants can stay in Egypt wherever they want and cannot be forced to stay in certain facilities.

He also pointed out that Egyptian legislation rules out the possibility of deporting migrants with residency permits in Egypt if they do not receive asylum in the EU.

The top Egyptian official stated that his home country had already received 10 million migrants from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Sudan, Somalia and other countries. It burdens the Egyptian budget, as all these refugees have a right to health care and education.

"Our capacities are already fully loaded today. Therefore, it is important that Egypt receives support from Germany and the EU," Abd al-Aal said.

He supported the refugee policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, representing the German Christian Democratic Union, and the G20 “Compact with Africa” plan.

According to the parliamentarian, cited by Die Welt, if people in Africa and the Middle East had jobs, food, and prospects, they would not leave their countries.

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