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Jan 14, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

Just how long have the pro-migration forces in Brussels been scheming about a migrant quota?

Some claim that the notion of a pro-migration lobby is nonsense, that Brussels came up with the migrant quota for the sake of Member States and in response to the crisis that erupted in 2015. This idea that there are forces at work in the background driving an agenda to enable migration to Europe rather than stop it – this idea, some say, is the stuff of conspiracy theories. If you’re one of those who still believe it’s nonsense, let me show you something interesting.

Back in 2010, the Directorate-General for Home Affairs of the European Commission published a report entitled, “Study on the feasibility of establishing a mechanism for the relocation of beneficiaries of international protection.” It was prepared under something called the European Refugee Fund and includes some truly remarkable considerations and language that will sound familiar.

For instance, the purpose of this 144 page-long report is to find a “way in which Member States can show solidarity towards each other in cases where a Member State is under specific and disproportionate asylum pressure. A possible way to support these Member States could be through the relocation of beneficiaries of international protection from such Member States to others” (emphasis added).

The Commission’s report ponders two options for Member States to “show solidarity towards each other”. Under Option 1, “an EU legislative instrument creating a relocation mechanism would be adopted, allocating a quota for each Member State based on the country's GDP per capita and population density”.

Hungary’s population stands at roughly ten million inhabitants. But this Brussels study, calculating how the redistribution could work based on a population “density threshold,” says Hungary could handle a population of 82.9 million.

If that weren’t enough, the report itself declares that under the provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (specifically, Articles 78 and 80), the European Union has no legal basis for the quota system at all.

“Our goal,” said Prime Minister Orbán at last week’s press conference, “is that opponents of immigration become a majority in the institutions of the EU.” He said that because for many it’s clear that today that’s not the case, the pro-immigration forces are deeply embedded in EU institutions.

And this document provides proof, serving up unequivocal evidence that the European Commission was already developing a plan for a migrant quota back in 2010, years before the migrant crisis really began. And they were scheming about this “mechanism” even though they recognized that it would be of dubious legality.

Once again, that’s back in 2010. Any further questions?