Migrant quotas have 'symbolic' value says official

A top official at the Interior Ministry told media Tuesday that binding EU migrant quotas would be more symbolic than a solution to the problem of illegal migration.

Interior Ministry state secretary Ilze Pētersone-Godmane said on LTV news program Panorāma that even if Latvia were to admit a minimum number of asylum-seekers migrating from North Africa, there are no grounds for alarm about a huge flood of them.

“They’re not even talking in the hundreds of thousands being divided up. These preliminary numbers being floated in a show of solidarity are in the several thousands for the entire EU.

"Clearly this won’t even begin to resolve the problem in the Mediterranean, where just this weekend another three-and-a-half thousand came in. The burden sharing is a purely symbolic gesture not a solution to the refugee problem,” she said.


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