Saturday, September 23, 2006

Spain gets snubbed by Germany and Austria over illegals.

EU: Spain opened up a can of worms and now different players in the EU are telling them get bent because of their stupidity.

EU ministers have expressed sharp differences over how to deal with an influx of illegal immigrants to Europe. At talks in Finland, Spain's justice minister called for help to deal with the surge of mainly African migrants arriving in Spain's Canary Islands. But Germany's interior minister said Madrid should not be calling for other people's money. And Austria criticised Spain's decision to grant amnesty to some 500,000 undocumented foreigners in 2005. .....Spain also said it wanted better organisation of Frontex, the hurriedly created EU border patrol force that operates in the Mediterranean, the BBC's Jonny Dymond in Tampere says. In response, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble said Madrid "must stop asking for the money of others". He pointed out that Berlin had carried a similar problem for many years. Austrian Justice Minister Karin Gastinger said Spain had sent "the wrong signal" by legalising the status of at least 500,000 illegal workers last year. Ms Gastinger said the decision had given "some kind of pull factor to the people in Africa, as we unfortunately saw in the last months". Italy's Interior Minister Interior Minister Giuliano Amato suggested that money would be better spent in Africa - in the countries where the asylum seekers were coming from. For the moment at least it looks as if Spain's appeals for help are going nowhere, our correspondent says.

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