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Eastern EU views on migrants will not change soon

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Significance

A rift has opened between the eleven former communist EU member states (EU-11), and such older members as Germany and Sweden, over attitudes towards immigrants and refugees, who are making for the EU in ever-greater numbers. The rift, which is based on different histories, levels of multi-culturalism, experiences in integrating minorities and histories of emigration rather than immigration, is driving policy in different directions within the EU.

Impacts

  • Several of the EU-11 bloc will continue to oppose mandatory quotas for accepting refugees.
  • The issue may have long-lasting effects on further EU integration, and Euro-scepticism will rise in the EU-11.
  • The refugee crisis may result in further, long-lasting limitations to the free flow of people within the Schengen zone.
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