EU Mulls Sanctions on Refugee Refusers

By William Stroupe

As the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe reaches fever pitch, the European Union is considering imposing sanctions on member states that refuse to admit their fair share. Revenues from the levy would be placed in an asylum fund used to support countries participating in refugee relocation. Slashed EU funding is one mooted means of imposing the fine on non-participants. The United Kingdom, which has committed to accepting a mere 500 refugees despite being one of the largest and wealthiest EU members, would be a primary target of such sanctions. The President of the European Commission will decide this week whether or not to pursue the policy.