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Open Europe’s Pawel Swidlicki appeared on the BBC's Daily Politics programme discussing the EU leaders' emergency summit dedicated towards the refugee crisis and the news that the UK's EU budget contribution is set to go up by £150m over two years because of it.
24 September 2015
Pawel argued that as the largest single European donor to the Syrian refugee crisis the UK has no problem with putting up more money including via the EU budget as this can help relieve the pressure on front-line member states and transit countries. However, the problem is that the EU budget remains hugely wasteful and inefficient, and the EU needs to learn to better target its resources.
Pawel also argued that EU leaders have taken far too long to address to root causes of the crisis and that by focusing instead on quotas, they have toxified the atmosphere within the EU. He concluded that while there is a debate to be had about whether the UK could take more then 20,000 Syrian refugees directly from camps in the region, adopting such an approach allows the UK to target the most vulnerable refugees and also contributes to relieving the pressure on Europe by stopping them from attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.