This week, a desperate EU and Germany proposed another gimmick to try to tackle their self-inflicted migrant crisis. Maybe one of these days they will stumble upon the only solution: denying entry at the source and deporting those who do not belong “outside” of Europe.
We understand the message they are trying to send to both Greece and the migrants. Greece is not sending back all the “irregulars” to Turkey as required; as a result, some 13,000 migrants have just “vanished” into Europe. The leaks at the border expose all to great risk. Germany wants to force Greece to act responsibly at their border and to encourage them to deport the migrants back to Turkey, or Greece may find themselves overwhelmed (they already are).
The EU (or Germany, who is the EU) wants to send the migrants the message that the pipeline to Germany and the richer states up north is closed. (It already is for the most part, thanks to the efforts of Macedonia, the Balkans and the V4). Therefore, don’t bother making the journey; you will be stuck in Greece.
Message sent, I get it and agree. However, something seems odd with this approach to deport or “relocate” the migrants to other nations in Europe, as opposed to deporting them “outside” of Europe.
Is this really feasible?
First, I do not believe Greece would comply, although they somehow tolerated the Tsipras government that allowed smugglers and Erdogan to abuse their borders. There is no reason to believe Greece would accept migrants back from Germany. What is the game plan for this? Moreover, it was Merkel and Germany who violated the Dublin accord in the first place. Does Germany believe they can suspend and restart rules at their whim? Merkel sent out the message to the migrants to come and nations such as Sweden and Austria played her game; let them take the responsibility to send the illegal migrants back to their countries of origin, instead of dumping them on others in Europe.
Second, even if Greece complied, the migrants are still ‘IN’ Europe, and although the Balkan closing has been effective, there is no short supply of “activist” human traffickers to escort them back to the north. There are just too many loopholes for this to work long term. Deporting to Greece is too easy and gives the migrants hope, especially when the EU is pushing for “migrant relocation” quotas to other EU states.
A wiser and more effective plan would contain these three steps:
- Instead of showering Erdogan with ransom money, the EU could help states like Greece, Bulgaria and Italy with border police and equipment to “deny entry” at the source. Why expose Europe to the mayhem of an Open Border, migrant violence and terrorists blending in. Just stop the inflow with force backed by justice.
- Deport the migrants OUT of Europe, not just to Greece or any other state via “relocation quotas”. Of course, Greece would have to play ball by agreeing to allow other EU states to help them both fortify their coast to deny entry, and to deport the migrants out of Europe. This would truly send the message “not to come”.
- Start to clamp down on the hordes of “activists” and NGOs who are “rescuing” and “coaching” the migrants how to get around the system. Much of this amounts to illegal human trafficking, which is a crime. The open-border cartel must be sent a message that this will not be tolerated in any form.
The EU proposal to allow states to send back the migrants to Greece (and quotas which allow Greece or Italy to send their migrants to other states) were obviously thought up by those who live in boardrooms, instead of reality. As good as it sounds on paper, it will not work and only further delays what needs to happen.
At some point, the EU will have to realize the only solution is to deny entry and to deport those who do not belong outside the borders of Europe. Without this measure, the EU will implode.
Any doubts, based on their past history, which road the EU will choose?