As the boats from France keep coming, the EU celebrates “International Migrants Day”

EU Commission announces new asylum applicants up by 12% in Q3 2019


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A Brexit Facts4EU.Org report on the numbers of migrants, and what the EU is doing

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

  • New asylum applicants up by 12% in Q3 2019, to 166,400
  • In the last five years the EU has had over 4.4 million asylum applications from migrants
  • Pending asylum applications are five times higher than they were 10 years ago
  • The EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund for 2019 soared by 55.8% compared to 2018
  • The proposed budget for this crisis for the next financial period of 2021-2027 exceeds €25 billion

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Today is International Migrants Day. Here are two excerpts from the statement yesterday from the EU Commission :-

“On International Migrants Day, we stand strong in our unequivocal commitment to respect and protect the dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants as well as to ensure that migration takes place in a safe, orderly and well-managed way.

“Openness and solidarity are core values of the European Union. Europe remains a top destination for the world's talent. It has always been and will remain a connected continent that embraces international mobility in a way that enables its societies to evolve for the better.”

- EU Commission, Brussels, 17 Dec 2019

What do the EU’s latest figures on migrants show?

During the third quarter of 2019 alone, 166,400 first-time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU). This is an increase of 12% compared with the second quarter of 2019.

In the five years to the end of Q3 2019, the EU had received 4,358,745 first-time asylum applications.

At the end of September 2009 - ten years ago – the EU countries were dealing with 165,020 outstanding asylum applications. Ten years later, at the end of September 2019, the EU countries were dealing with 874,675 outstanding asylum applications. That’s more than a five-fold increase.

The countries with the largest share in the EU were Germany with 340,000 applicants (39% of the EU total), ahead of Spain with 125,000 (14%), Greece with 90,000 (10%), and France with 67,000 (8%).

What is all this costing?

The EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund for 2019 soared by 55.8% compared to 2018. That’s an enormous increase in just one year.

The overall costs of the EU’s migrant crisis, significantly exacerbated by the unilateral actions of Angela Merkel in 2015, already run into the hundreds of billions. The official budget for this crisis for the next financial period of 2021-2027 exceeds €25 billion, and this does not include many other funds which are also being used now to deal with this issue.

The new Dover MP, Natalie Elphicke, speaks out

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“The French have been given tens of millions of pounds of British hard-earned taxpayer money... I want to know where the money has gone. Because while much has been done, it is clear there is more to do.

“More to do tackling the people traffickers behind this shocking trade in people. More to do making sure anyone found in the Channel is immediately sent back to France.

“More to do by the French to stop these illegal departures from French shores.”


It is almost obligatory these days to have to start any article about migration by saying that some immigration is healthy for any society and that not all migrants are criminals, rapists, or murderers. This should be a given, and certainly we have never received a single email in the last four years from readers expressing anything like this point of view.

This cannot – and should not – prevent discussion of migration, particularly when the article in question provides well-researched official facts to illuminate the discussion.

Does our article above present alarming statics? Yes. Are they misleading? No. The facts come from the EU Commission’s own statistics agency and we have not distorted them.

The EU ‘partners’ with the UN’s migration agency called the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The IOM is overtly open-borders, as we have previously reported.

The EU can talk about its “unity” and “solidarity” all it likes, but the simple fact is that since Angela Merkel unilaterally opened Germany’s borders in 2015 triggering a wave of millions of migrants to enter the EU, the EU has not been able to reach any collective decision on how migrants should be allocated across its member states.

Now, all it can do is try to deal with the enormous costs of the fallout from the German Chancellor’s ill-fated and reckless policy decision in 2015.

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[ Sources: Eurostat | EU Commission | IOM | Natalie Elphicke MP ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, 18 Dec 2019

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