Growing immigration flows from North Africa in the wake of the political revolutions on the continent are becoming an increasingly bigger problem for the European Union. Member states, currently hit hard by the economic crisis, are trying to tackle the issue, often by attempts to reintroduce border controls, thus reversing common European achievements. A Common European Asylum Policy unfortunately remains unrealised, writes Aleksander Thomas.
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Since December 2010, hardly a day goes by without news of the Arab uprisings. No wonder – such radical changes cannot be achieved in a couple of days or months. Despite the countless innocent victims, the international community and the UN find it hard to dissolve the problematic situation, which now climaxes in Syria. The EU, as a neighbour, could not remain uninvolved in such a terrible situation, which also “endangers” its interests and its coherent policies.
It has been stated many times by humanitarian organisations and the UN: Europe is no longer the safe haven for refugees it used to be. The EU-member states seem to be more obsessed with closing of their borders than upholding the ‘universal’ human rights. But instead of fortifying the wall of Fortress Europe, it might be wise for the EU as a whole to reflect upon the deeper causes of refugee flows.
“You are only 200 000 years old, but you have changed the face of the world. Despite your vulnerability, you have taken possession of every habitat and conquered swathes of territory, like no other species before you”. These sentences are from the movie called “Home”. After watching it, I realized more accurately what is happening on the earth, how humans have been damaging their home planet for so many years and what can be done to restore the earth once more.
The disturbances in the Middle-East and North Africa have now truly reached Europe. The past weekend, Italy started distributing humanitarian visas to refugees from Tunisia, who had started arriving at the small Italian island of Lampedusa after the revolt in their home country. Around 25.000 visas will be handed out, which gives them full travel possibilities throughout Europe. What will be the impact on the other member states?
Multiculturalism is dead. At least, according to many prominent EU-leaders. It’s a shame though, that they didn’t present a feasible alternative to the multicultural society. Should we say our permanent farewells to the multicultural ideal, or should we instead try to reform it, giving it a chance to survive? I’ll try to answer that question below.
Selection at the border or How the different Member States try to avoid EU legislation on migration.Feb 15th, 2011 | By Christopher Houtkamp
A few days ago, Italy expressed the wish to station police officers of their own at the Tunisian shore. The reason is quite simple: a massive inflow of migrants fled Tunisia and arrived at the small island of Lampedusa. Result: turmoil on the islet. The Italian proposal to combat this turmoil might seem a bit strange at a first glance, but isn’t entirely new. Below you’ll find an explanation.
We owe a lot to the ancient Greeks. European civilization is without a doubt born in Hellas. A quick trip to Greece will let you marvel at amazing works of construction: the enormous temples and wonderful amphitheatres are a treat for the eye. It makes you wonder why the ancient masters’ offspring, when it comes to architectural inspiration, has degenerated so much in 2011. Below you’ll find an article concerning the Greek Wall.
The European Asylum system is a failure. The recent developments in Greece are clearly proving this statement. To prevent crisis like these happening in the future, there is just one road to victory: Europeanization of the policy area.