What To Do About Mediterranean Migrants?

It will not have escaped your notice that the news is full of stories about the people from many nations trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe. They are arriving in the hundreds every week, and with summer coming on you can bet it will only get worse. But what to do about it?

Migrant Routes To Europe

Migrant Routes To Europe

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker - A Difficult Problem But A Solution Must Be Found!

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker – A Difficult Problem But A Solution Must Be Found!

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker has put forward proposals to deal with the problem, but not everyone is in agreement with him. His highly controversial plan would see all E. U. countries take their share of 20,000 migrants over the next two years who would be allowed to settle here. I think the man lives in a dream world because that number will be reached within three more months and then what will he do?  Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May argues that “a quota would only encourage people to come – putting them at the mercy of “evil” people traffickers”.

Well, many countries like France, Germany, the UK, Holland, Belgium and Denmark have already taken in most of the refugees so far, while many eastern European countries have not taken their fair share. Mind you, this is not strictly fair because most of them want to come to Western European nations, often for the perks. But you could say that a more even distribution of these people is a step in the right direction.

The Truth

The Truth

In E.U. circles there is talk of doing something about the human traffickers that make it possible for them to cross in such numbers. For me, this is by far the most important decision, take on the traffickers and put them out of business. But the people on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea like Libya, Morocco and Tunisia do not seem to be too interested in taking any action against them, for they do not consider it their problem because the migrants all want to get to Europe and thereby ‘out of their hair’ so to speak.

So in fact it remains a European problem, but to do anything about it will require the cooperation of these countries, and that is a sticking point. Any real action taken would also have to be sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council, and that will I’m sure be the biggest problem of all.

UK Population Growth Forecast

UK Population Growth Forecast

It is a fact that many of the ‘refugees’ are not refugees at all, but so-called ‘economic migrants’. There is a big difference between those fleeing war and bloodshed and those who come here just to get a better job and live a more comfortable life. One cannot condemn these economic migrants for wanting to better their lives, but the numbers are growing to major proportions, and Europe cannot take them all in. If we did, a third of the entire world would be living among us and that is unsustainable.

The E.U. has rightfully become concerned because of the high death rate among those trying the cross the Mediterranean this year. In 2014 the number of people who lost their lives trying to cross was 3,400 but in the first months of this year a total of 1,800 have died. Half of last years total in just five months. Traffickers are currently abandoning the ships at sea and leaving the migrants to await rescue by European patrols.

Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Jafaar

Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Jafaar

The European approach to this problem is far different from that of Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaya. In Australia for example, most are returned to their home country, and the other lands mentioned have begun turning away boats full of Rohingya and Bangladeshis that are heading for their shores. “What do you expect us to do?” Malaysian Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Jafaar said. “We have been very nice to the people who broke into our border. We have treated them humanely but they cannot be flooding our shores like this.” This appears to be a lesson that Europe has yet to learn.

To combat this problem the most obvious choice is to deport them back to their home country, but what then of those that are fleeing violence as in Iraq? At the best of times it is difficult to distinguish between genuine refugees and economic refugees. As you would expect, where they come from is a good guide, but that is not always clear.

Who Is To Say They Won't Be Entering Europe Posing As Refugees?

Who Is To Say They Won’t Be Entering Europe Posing As Refugees?

Another major problem for Europe is to distinguish between those who come for help, and those who are members of Islamic State (I.S.) or al Quada sneaking in to start a terror war across Europe. Nothing could be simpler than to hide among a boatload of refugees, most of whom do not have any papers, and claim to be a refugee from the fighting in Iraq or Syria. Without doubt this is a ‘clear and present danger’.  The British government already suspects that hundreds of young men who went to fight for I.S. in Iraq and Syria have returned ‘under the radar’.

The problem of refugees has without doubt become a global problem and the sooner the United Nations recognizes this fact the sooner we can all do something about it.

U. N. Strike Force To Attack And Kill All Insurgents

U. N. Strike Force To Attack And Kill All Insurgents

The most obvious solution is to end the fighting in all these various countries so the people no longer have the need to flee to Europe, Australia or any other nation for refuge. As I have said many times before in previous posts, it is time the U.N. took some lessons from our grandfathers who stepped in to stop North Korea turning the whole Korean peninsular into a communist state. With the modern logistical methods we have today it should not be considered impossible to organize a multi-national force to go into Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria and any other country with an insurgent problem, and end it once and for all. Once there is peace the refugees can be repatriated to their homeland.

Roy.

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