A controversial EU deal to return tens of thousands of migrants from Greece to Turkey is in chaos amid a last-minute increase in asylum claims, reducing the number of those eligible for deportation, new migrants arriving in Greece faster than they can be sent back, and shortages of officials to carry out deportations!
An EU plan turns out to be a shambles. No! Who’d have thought it? The EU is about to illustrate, again, that whenever there’s a crisis it always turns it into a disaster. This half-baked fiasco is like declaring war and then realising you don’t have an army.
Where was the planning for the necessary infrastructure, the personnel for keeping order and processing these migrants?
Schengen relied on the EU’s external borders being secure and sufficiently controlled. They were neither, a fact that became glaringly obvious ages ago when the first illegal migrants began making for weak spots such as Ceuta and Lampedusa.
The strategy, then, should have been to detain people at their entry point and quickly ascertain their right to asylum leading to either temporary leave to remain in a camp or deportation. That didn’t happen and word soon got out that Europe had weak, porous borders.
Greece’s borders were soon seen as the weakest, and when migrants started arriving on the islands they should have been held there. This is now happening, albeit slowly, so interest will inevitably return to Lampedusa. The strategy now should be that any people-trafficking ships intercepted from Libya will be returned there, but I hold my breath!
Hot on the heels of this ongoing refugee crisis and the recent terrorist carnage, we now have the leaked Panama Papers detailing how tax-evading world leaders, celebrities and assorted tyrants have been squirrelling away massive fortunes over the years. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, when is all this greed and corruption going to end?
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