It is apparently easier to reopen camps in Bavaria than to built a true European immigration policy

It is becoming really scaring to see how Europe and the various European member states are totally unable to deliver any logical European solution for issues they are facing together. The current striking example is migration, which is not at all a real burning issue[1], but which is an easy political topic used with big success by the populist parties. And even if there is no urgency on this field there is an excellent opportunity to address some real issues used as pretext by Italian populists or to address looming challenges already foreseeable in the African demography as greatly presented by Stephen Smith in his last book[2].

But well the last European council showed that nobody had any interest to work seriously on the topic. The said pro-Europeans (or soft eurosceptics) are still paralysed by strong intergovernmental instincts and the populists unfortunately don‘t seem to be willing to solve the problems they are politically benefiting from.

Even more scaring the CSU decided to create a migration problem in Germany where there has been none since the end of the 2015 huge refugees flow, and the German chancellor preferred to enter into this dark demagogic logic of her coalition partner than working on true European solutions.

Then what is the issue? We have today a lot of negative emotions around this immigration topic due to the shock and trauma created by the 2015 refugees wave where 1 million refugees crossed Europe from the South-East to the Centre without triggering any coordinated reaction from Europe. We can here admit that some citizens can be rightly concerned by this incredible European passivity. We have also on the other side an African continent which could deliver 150 million migrants to Europe by 2050 if we trust Stephen Smith.

Mentioning the resurgence of concentration camps in Bavaria, this time against migrants, will not solve the issue, and hopefully will even not save the CSU in the next Bavarian vote in September. This unacceptable German egoistic and short view might only create new hurdles for Austria and for Italy. Naturally it will be fun to look at all these nationalist populists suffering from their own mistakes, but these people are so much irrational that this might not help to lead us toward any logical European solution.

I really do not understand why it is so complicate to draw the main features of a European immigration policy, which could easily solve our common issues. We need:

  • To abandon Dublin which puts an unfair and unsustainable burden on the frontlines countries (Greece, Italy, Spain),
  • To define clear admission quotas, may be considering the evolution of the active population, the ratio working/dependent people, and the unemployment rate of the member states,
  • To give the control of these European migration quotas at the boundaries of the European Union and inside the EU to a true European administration  which should concretely control the entry of the migrants and deal with their welcoming or returning.
  • Once the migrants would have been accepted by the European Migration Administration they should enjoy the same freedom of movement within the Schengen area as any European citizen.
  • We need also to cooperate with the departure countries, but our migration problems will not only be solved by pouring a lot of money without much control in these countries. Giving a lot of money to Libya cannot substitute a true European migration policy. An interesting German approach of the concept of transfer union…

I don‘t understand why it is so slow to come, why it is so complicate. Which tragedy do we need in order to finally do this?

[1] Only 50‘000 migrants came to Europe during the first half of 2018 compared to 1M for the full year 2015

[2] La ruée vers l’Europe – Stephen Smith – Ed Grasset

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