THE PROBLEMS WITH THE EU REFUGEE RE-SETTLEMENT PROGRAM
THE QUESTION REMAINS: What are we going to tell the 120,001st refugee child? “Sorry, computer says NO!”?
THE ISSUE REMAINS: What are we going to do with the rest of the refugees already in Europe or on their way to Europe?
Deportations? Or leave them to remain in de-facto camps along the various internal EU borders and hope that they will simply disappear?
THE REALITY REMAINS: If the whole world knows and agrees that the conditions in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Eritrea are such that it is dangerous for civilians to return to these places, where do we expect the ‘over-the quota’ refugees to go?
THE CAUSES REMAIN: How is the number 120,000 generated? Surely, the number of refugees is not defined by what some EU officials dictate but by the conditions in the countries they flee. Are we going to ask Assad, ISIS, US-Russian, Saudi armies to only create 120,000 refugees, because that’s the quota we have?
The original quota was 120,000 refugees to be re-settled from Greece (15,600), Italy (50,400) and Hungary (54,000). As the Hungarian government refused to take part in the re-settlement program the places for 54,000 refugees are to be filled in coming years from Greece and Italy or any other countries.
UN UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 14/1: “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution”.
In this case EVERYONE is reduced to the 120,000 selected as per the EU quota.
It ignores many of the aspects of The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. (E.g. Definition of Refugee, Criteria for Exclusion, Rights of Refugees etc.)
NUMBER GAME: The host countries are given the power to set a limit on the number of refugees.
PICK-AND-CHOOSE YOUR REFUGEE: The host countries are given the power to pick and choose the individuals to apply for asylum.
WHO GRANTS THE RIGHT TO SEEK ASYLUM: The right to seek asylum is not something that the host country grants but a right every person has.
USEFUL vs USELESS REFUGEES: The host countries are given the power to pick-and-choose refugees based on criteria of refugees’ language skills, qualifications; family, cultural and social ties with the host country... These criteria have nothing to do with the needs of the refugees but all to do with what the host countries want.
RIGHT TO SEEK ASYLUM IS NOT A LOTTERY: It turns the need of refugees for protection into a lottery system. The luck and unlucky refugees!
NO GUARANTEES: Refugees selected will still have to apply for asylum to be granted the ‘refugee’ status. In countries like Ireland the asylum process is already a huge problem and the many applicants are left in the horrible Direct Provision System without a solution in sight.
NOT A SOLUTION BY NUMBERS: There are more than 120,000 refugees. By setting an artificial quota of 120,000 the majority of refugees will be left out without the possibility to go back or start a new life in Europe.
MORE REFUGEES: There will be more refugees coming and more refugees dying.
A NEW PHASE IN IGNORING THE REALITY OF THE CRISIS: European leaders still have their heads in the sand. The crisis has been unfolding since 2011 (and before, since 2001/3) but the EU states have continuously ignored to provide humanitarian, legal, social support to refugees
OPPROTUNITIES FOR TRAFFICKERS: There will be more ‘opportunities’ created for the human traffickers due to closed border “fortress Europe” policies.
WEALTH: Europe is the richest continent in the world.
THE SHARING OF HUMANITERIAN RESPONSIBILITY: Europe is not one of the places with the highest refugee numbers. Many of the 60 million refuges worldwide are in places like Pakistan, Africa, and Middle-East etc.
WHO CREATES THE REFUGEE CRISIS: Europe has direct involvement in crating refugees. Wars, invasions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali, support to dictatorial regimes, arms sale to conflict zones have created millions of refugees.
MORE REFUGEES IN THE MAKING: Europe supports the current bombing of Yemen by Saudi Arabia using western weapons. The UN issued many warnings of a potential refugee crisis in Yemen.
WARNINGS IGNORED: Europe does nothing to stop Israeli destruction of Gaza. Furthermore the EU continues to ignore the crimes committed against Palestinian people. The UN warns that “Gaza may be uninhabitable by 2020 on current trends”.
ARMS TRADE: Lucrative business for EU States, deadly result for millions of civilian
No one talks about the cost of keeping the refugees out.