Visegrad News: RUSSIA SAYS NEARLY 900,000 REFUGEES CAN RETURN TO SYRIA WITHIN MONTHS.
Russia also requested help from the United States in undertaking the venture (see our next post). When leaders of both countries met during a recent summit in Helsinki, they agreed on the mutual goal of helping to return Syrians to their homes.
The EU should also join in these efforts to help return the refugees and rebuild Syria. Temporary protection should not be viewed as a pathway to permanent resettlement.
– “According to data provided by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, about 890,000 Syrians are expected to return to Syria in the coming months,” said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev.
– Russia had first revealed a new program to return refugees on Wednesday. It includes using nonmilitary boats to take refugees from Mediterranean countries, setting up new refugee centers and building infrastructure and homes in different parts of Syria.
** Of course, the UN is not happy – as both the US and Russia continue to ignore the discredited agency. However, there is little they can do to stop those Syrians who wish to go home, or those who wish to help them return home.
Conditions in the camps were safe but not ideal in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey – which may be one of the reasons why the Syrians are returning home from these regions. This is a natural response.
However, Berlin and Brussels are quite abnormal and naive. The EU created the type of environment which will see them struggle to convince the Syrian migrants to return home based on the generous benefits available in places like Germany and Sweden.
Moreover, Angela Merkel and Brussels created a special problem that will haunt them for decades: economic migrants. These migrants came from all different places, especially Africa, and did not flee a war, but came to take advantage of a rich but weak EU West.
Even many of the Syrians in Germany who entered via Greece are not “true refugees” but economic migrants. There is a distinction between a Syrian refugee in Turkey and a Syrian migrant in Germany. One will find this out quickly once they see the comparison of returns from Europe compared to those of Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.
Merkel must realize that the economic migrants, especially from Africa, are not voluntarily going home. Eventually, the illegals will need to be deported against their will. The UN and Pussy Riot “punk band” may not like it, but this is the hard reality of Europe today. The EU’s migrants are not here to stay.
*** Maybe a lesson can be learned regarding the disastrous and delusional decisions made by Angela Merkel and the leaders of Brussels.
Defending one’s border is a must in order to control one’s own destiny. It looks like Visegrad was correct from the start.