Migratory pressures in Europe

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    The search for safety, dignity and a better life is the main reason due to which people are leaving their homes as their countries are affected with persecution, extreme poverty, conflicts and climate change. More than 1 million refugees and migrants have arrived in the European Union, the large majority of them fleeing from war and terror in Syria and other troubled countries. Thousands of persons have died attempting to reach the EU. Almost 90% of the refugees and migrants have paid organized criminals and smugglers to get them across borders. It is even that Europe has received more legal immigrants than the US. The migration issue has surfaced to portray significant repercussions for European governments and the EU. Europe has systematically tried to impose a system of deterrence that closes borders and outsources border control to neighboring countries. However, Europe’s approach has failed to adequately support people who have arrived onto the European shores and help them provide human dignity. Since 2015, Germany and Sweden along with other Western countries have realized the European solidarity in accepting more refugees than the rest of EU combined.  It is to this point that countries in Central and Eastern European are particularly vocal opponents, fearing that the newly arrived migrants and refugees, many of whom are Muslim, could alter the primarily Christian identities of their countries and of Europe. Should Europe start detaining the asylum and vulnerable seekers and refuges when trying to impose border restrictions within the EU’s frontier regions such as Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Spain?  Within the European Union, the agenda on the migration issue among the leaders has created deep division involving with populist movements due to taking advantage of the fears and tensions stirred up by this phenomenon. European leaders believe that enhancing even further the border control would help regain with success the control as the flow of migrants to drop dramatically. It is clear that Germany, Sweden and other Western countries are the hotspots for migrants and refugees to seek a new life with good resettlement, but these countries start to feel worn out in providing assistance to them while the Eastern European countries clearly do not provide any of these to them. The anxieties regarding of their fear and tensions, Europe should be open to refugees and migrants to integrate freely into the European culture and societies. It is true that Europe needs immigration as an injection of youth and dynamism as it helps to provide input for economic growth and help to offset unfavorable demographic development (such as aging populations and shrinking workforces). My point is that Eastern European countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bosna and Herzegovina, Serbia and others should be involved in accepting and helping to provide resettlement with asylum to all refugees and migrants. It is all about having to involve a balance within all European member states and helping each other to cope in regaining the migration pressure under control.  A fundamental change is needed in the EU’s approach to migration – one that respects international law and human rights, expands safe and regular routes for people to travel to Europe, implements fair, transparent and efficient asylum procedures, and ensures development aid is used for reducing poverty and inequality, not for reducing mobility. To my point, I reiterate of abiding by the principle that people must not be sent back to countries where they may face torture, prosecution or threats to their life. It is important for the European Union to commit with political will in building a single asylum and migration system that establishes safe and legal means of migration.

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