Graham Charles Lear
3 min readFeb 20, 2019

€18.4 billion approved by MEPs yesterday

Spain becomes top country for migrant entries, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa

Yesterday in Brussels, the Civil Liberties Committee of the EU Parliament endorsed the renewed Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). This is one of many funds used by the EU to deal with the effects of Angela Merkel’s unilateral decision to open Germany’s borders in 2015.

The effects are still being felt four years later, as MEPs yesterday approved a 51% increase in funds for dealing with and integrating migrants into the EU, taking the new budget to €10.4 billion. They also approved the creation of a new Integrated Border Management Fund (IBMF) and agreed to allocate €8 billion to it.

The UK will pay

Once approved by the full EU Parliament and Council these monies will be spent in 2021–2027. Mrs. May has already accepted the UK paying into EU migration funds after 29 March 2019. The EU’s principle is that expenditures agreed while the UK is a member shall be liabilities to be paid by the UK for years to come, and we expect them to insist that the UK will be liable for the extra billions under the Prime Minister’s disastrous Withdrawal Agreement.

There is a final point to make about EU budgets being spent on migrants. the EU Commission has actually encouraged member states to use funds intended for other purposes to be used for migrant integration. The true cost of the migrant crisis is many times what is seen in these figures for just two EU funds.

In 2018 a total of 144,166 migrants made it to the EU. An astonishing 45.3% of these migrants landed in Spain, making that country the recipient of the biggest influx of migrants last year. To put this into context, this is the highest number of migrant arrivals reported in Spain since records began 20 years ago in 1999. What is even more troubling for Spain is that the numbers have kept increasing. In the last quarter of the year, 23,014 migrants arrived — almost double the 12,030 registered in the last quarter of 2017.

Where do the migrants come from?

Sub-Saharan nationals form by far the largest group of migrants. They represented 43% in Q3 and 53% in Q4, followed by Moroccan (25%), Algerian (15%) and Malian (3%) nationals. In other words, this has nothing to do with Syria.

How the luvvies in the EU Parliament want to support the luvvies at the UN

In their statement yesterday, the EU Parliament’s website said.

MEPs also want to make sure that funds can be allocated to local and regional authorities, and to international and non-governmental organizations, working in the field of asylum and migration.”

It is organizations such as the EU’s partner, the UN’s ‘International Organisation for Migration’ (IOM), which is making large numbers of ordinary people across the EU consider voting for ‘populist’ parties in the upcoming EU elections. The IOM is entirely “for” immigration, as its own name implies.

The UK Government’s Dept for International Development pays for the regular reports from the UN’s IOM.

The UN sits alongside the EU in being one of the worst organizations in terms of inefficiency, political bias, and total detachment from the opinions and needs of the majority of people in western democracies. Nevertheless, the UN’s IOM reports are branded with the UK Aid logo and they acknowledge the funding the UK taxpayer is (unwittingly) giving to these



Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.