Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:51
Anti-Refugee plan shelved for now: ruling party leader
VVD party leader Halbe Zijlstra thinks the plan to close the EU's border to asylum seekers is a great plan. But as they are bound by the coalition agreement, he can not force the PvdA to accept something that is not in the coalition agreement, Zijlstra said to BNR. The VVD wants all refugees to be sheltered in their own regions, as is already the case with the majority of refugees. According to Zijlstra, this would also be beneficial for the refugees themselves. "We currently worldwide spend about 4 billion on that 97 percent of the refugees. In Europe alone we spend billions on the 2 or 3 percent who come here. If we put that together, all refugees in the world will be better off. They will have better shelter, better prospects. And with that - we say- you have a more humane policy for all the refugees and prevent human traffickers getting rich and refugees drowning in the Mediterranean."