More madness, this time from Guy Verhofstadt’s Belgium: 200 Illegal migrants released from detention facilities to the public due to coronavirus problem.
Migrants who entered Europe illegally, whose countries will not take them back, and who are considered most at risk for having major complications from an infection are therefore being allowed to leave detention and reenter Belgian society.
* This is pure madness. Another reason for this self-abuse in Belgium: Afghanistan is refusing to take back its citizens…but they should not be given a choice in this matter. There is no excuse not to take back citizens, but a weak West EU bloc refuses to initiate economic hardball against Afghanistan and others, including countries in Africa.
Europe must devise a new approach and attitude that does not rely on a foreign nation’s approval first before deporting the migrants back to their countries of origin.
Sure, they can first seek an agreement based on normal diplomacy, but it is the obligation of the country of origin to take back its citizens, and if they balk or give unreasonable demands, Europe should send them back regardless. It would then be up to the country of origin to decide what to do with its citizens once returned. All foreign aid (from all member states in true solidarity) and any privileges for its leaders should be linked to swift cooperation in this regards.
For instance, President Erdogan of Turkey does not ask permission of President Macron to send back the ‘home-grown” French jihadists; he just sends them back as he should…they are not Turkish citizens. Europe should do the same.
Europe needs to get tougher regarding returns; it cannot rely on “good will” of scheming foreign leaders, as a Socialist EU Minister from Spain (Josep Borrell) naively suggests.
** But, foreign countries are not the only problem regarding deportations. Outdated and naive EU/UN declarations of the past are also a major roadblock. These declarations must either be rewritten to reflect today’s environment or simply defied. There is not much the EU or UN can do about it without overwhelming support (and it is not there on this issue) from the nation states.
National security comes first!