EU’s deep dilemmas over refugees laid bare at Malta summit
More than 60 European and African leaders are meeting in the Maltese capital Valletta against a backdrop of ever-widening policy divisions
The Aegean Airlines flight left Athens for Brussels at 8.30am last Wednesday, carrying six Syrian and Iraqi families to new lives in #Luxembourg. On arrival, the 30 #refugees were taken on a two-hour bus trip to the grand duchy to have their paperwork processed.
It was undoubtedly a big moment, not only for the men, women and children who made the short but treacherous crossing from Turkey to the Greek islands. Of the more than 600,000 people who have crossed into the EU by reaching Greece this year, these were the first to be registered, fingerprinted and then resettled elsewhere in #Europe under the EU’s ambitious, if flagging, plan to use compulsory quotas to share 160,000 refugees.