"These numbers are staggering but not surprising after Time magazine's ‘Person of the Year’, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel opened Europe’s borders to an undefined number of migrants this summer. The number seeking asylum on the continent is set to inexorably rise over the next quarter and I suspect by the New Year, the numbers for this quarter will be much higher and in 2016 continue to break statistical records.
“UK policymakers must take note of two things. First, that a large number of migrants have still not been accounted for and processed both in Central Europe and in Greece. These migrants are not part of the Eurostat calculations. Second, even with the EU’s 3 billion Euro bribe to Turkey to induce them to fulfil their international responsibilities as a United Nations and NATO member, considerable numbers of migrants are still making the short sea crossing to the Greek islands for the onward journey to northern European EU countries. Even if a fraction of these people are given asylum within the Schengen zone, they will eventually have rights to settle in Britain if we remain a part of the EU."
Notes to Editors:
Find the Eurostat Quarterly Asylum report here.