An illegal migrant prays beside others in Quwaiya detention center, east of Tripoli, April 23, 2015. Three hundred and twenty two illegal migrants, mostly African, are detained at Quwaiya detention center. Libya has stopped several boats packed with Africans trying to reach Italy's shores in the past three days. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

France backs British stand to oppose migrant quotas

An illegal migrant prays beside others in Quwaiya detention center, east of Tripoli

France joined hands with Britain on Saturday in opposing a plan by the European Commission to impose quotas on member states for accepting migrants.

Paris advocated a new plan to open migrants’ reception centres in Africa. Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, said: “I am against the introduction of quotas for migrants. This has never been in keeping with French proposals.”

Mr Valls pointed out that 75 per cent of migrants are resettled in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden.

Under EU law, Britain, Ireland and Denmark are exempt from the EU plan.

Mr Valls was speaking in Menton, near the Italian border, where French police intercepted a record 944 migrants and arrested 54 people smugglers in four days last week. He said that France supported a new plan to open migrant reception centres in the West African state of Niger…

  • Good.

    • Frau Katze

      Let’s hope this idea is short-lived.

  • eMan14

    No one really wants these migrants. Not even other Islamic states. Why do we bother?

  • A bit of good news for a change.

  • If the illegal migration problem is not solved soon, the millions from poor, chaotic countries will move to rich, peaceful countries and reduce the whole world to poverty and chaos as they did in their own countries. It is simple logic.

  • cmh

    that’s ok, canada has lots of room