Following the sinking of a boat carrying hundreds of migrants off the coast of Greece, the sentiment expressed by many leaders of many companies and EU member states (not all) is a bit uneasy. Because beneath the sincerity of the feelings she expresses (we dare not imagine they are artificial), we detect a sequence of Pavlovian automatism.
A boatload of migrants goes missing in the Mediterranean Sea with bodies and belongings. Are you leading or part of a European company? Do you lead a European state or government? How to proceed: Instructions for use. Use words and expressions like “Deep sadness“And “anger”. Commit to doing everything “To prevent such tragedies”of “Fight against the business of smugglers“”Increased cooperation with countries of departure and transit”. Sprinkle with some pathos. Add a penetrating gaze and a firm but compassionate voice. It is ready. Citizens, to your handkerchiefs.
More worryingly, these same leaders pretend not to see that European immigration policy, now shaped by the flawed agreement recently adopted by the 27, is participating in a repeat of this kind of drama. For guiding this policy is, above all else, an unhealthy, unhealthy obsession with restricting access to the Old Continent as much as possible to those who come from less peaceful and prosperous frontiers. As the legal routes of emigration were rare and narrow, the only choice was to take senseless risks to reach Europe through deserts, seas, and mountains; Pay smugglers to destroy themselves; Lying about one’s situation in hopes of getting refugee status.
A treaty on migration, it already exists
The Union denies its humanitarian values when it double-locks its door to those fleeing poverty, war, dictatorship and already climate disruption. Some of its member states, while hindering the work of the rescuers, or fearing no more than a reprimand, will reconsider – this will come as soon as light is shed on the facts that have already been proven. People it doesn’t want on its territory when it’s locked in its steps, in disqualification. When he signs villainous deals with Turkey, Libya (Libya, alas!, is known as hell for migrants who pass through it) or Tunisia, They will retain candidates for deportation, against the coin ringing and stumbling. When his governments, led by conservatives, socialists, liberals, racist far-rights, monkey, capture his electorate, and they pave the way for him to power, as in Italy.
The deadly toll of the tragedy in the Peloponnese will no doubt cost hundreds of lives. It’s not abstract, it’s heartbreaking if you take the time to say it hundreds of times per person. With a history and faith, now swallowed up along with tens of thousands of others.
The EU is certainly not responsible for all the world’s woes, but its migration policy contributes to it. It is a shame for him and for us.
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