Thursday, October 15, 2015

E.U. Beginning to Consider Large Deportation Plans for New Migrants

Isis' horrific attacks over many Middle Eastern families have caused others to flee by flying, or through the Mediterranean sea and into Europe. The amount of immigrants transporting in to Europe have been in the thousands, and the European Union is panicking.
Many European leaders believe their strategies to let in these fleers should be nothing but welcoming. Germany, for example, opened up office spaces to become shelters for some. However, that is not enough. Because there has been a huge, myriad amount of immigrants coming into these countries, many Europeans don't know what they can do to contribute in time, and as a result, many immigrants are homeless.
However, not every European country is as welcoming. Hungary has openly reflected its intolerable approach to these immigrants by strengthening their border control and tolerance to illegal immigrants. Immigrants who are caught illegally entering through the Serbian-Hungary border are instantly arrested and deported back to wherever they originally came from, no questions asked.
E. U. officials have stated that immigrants who "don't belong" in Europe, meaning they snuck in illegally, are the ones being targeted for deportation and arrest. Even countries like Germany, who stated previously want to aid to as many as possible, are being to look helpless.
This topic relates to the ongoing current event debates we have about this issue, like whether or not the U.S. should interfere more or less. My questions are, do you think Europe is blockading, as some would argue, a human's natural right of movement? Why or why not? Do you think Europe could continue sheltering more than 600,000 immigrants, or do you think it is time to publicize their capacity? Explain your thoughts.

1 comment:

Scott Chow said...

For sake of specificity, I'm going to focus on Germany in my response. Germany's bureaucracy is beginning to show signs of fracture when it comes to the current refugee crisis, as noted in another businessinsider article ( To be fair, most countries do not build up their asylum programs to handle immigrant influxes on such a large scale - 600,000 immigrants is awfully tough to plan for. That being said, I think Germany's current struggles provide interesting insight into the strength and efficiency of their bureaucracy as they try to manage everything from shelter to temporary ID's to the asylum cases themselves. What makes this case even more transparent in terms of solely the bureaucracy's efficiency is that, according to Georg Classen from the Refugee Council, "It's not a problem of a lack of money but rather and organizational problem." Given his position in supporting the agencies that are combating the refugee crisis, it is rather odd to hear him not calling for more funding. This does however demonstrate the efficiency of the bureaucracy on a purely mechanical level (if we take Georg's testimony to be true), and even that isn't enough to deal with the refugee crisis as it is. I think this will lead to interesting debate over how to streamline the process, which will lead to significant debate over the balance between efficiency and fairness of the process of processing refugees.