On the Fate of Migrants in Europe

Will Europe get serious about migration policy, with at least 20k people dying over the past 20 years trying to reach Europe?

The nations where migrants first arrive in the EU have for years wanted to send most of them to countries further inland, arguing that member states should share the burden based on the size of the member state. The concept—known in EU-speak as \”solidarity\”—isn\’t popular in richer European countries. It too wasn\’t mentioned in the draft communiqué.

Instead, EU leaders were set to say that migration will be revisited at a summit dedicated to the issue in June 2014. In the meantime, any action will come from recommendations expected in a December report from the European Commission, the EU\’s executive arm, and the European External Action Service, the EU\’s foreign-policy arm.

\”There\’s no appetite to look at this,\” an official familiar with the talks said. \”It\’s clear no one really wants a common [EU] policy\” on migration.

The official said that even the proposals put forward by Italy were timid and vague, failing to demand anything specific from the rest of the EU—a tacit acknowledgment that it didn\’t want to waste political capital for changes that were unlikely to win broad support.

via Amid U.S. Spying Charges, Plight of Migrants in Europe Eclipsed – WSJ.com.


2 thoughts on “On the Fate of Migrants in Europe”

  1. It’s interesting that leaders of countries not as directly affected by migrants would be so easily distracted by things that affect them in small ways rather than focus on the greater humanitarian topic at hand. Just as in this country, the leaders want to seem like they are doing the greater thing but also do not want to accept responsibility for immigrants or upset their citizens. When each country has it’s own identity, it’s hard to accept foreigners coming in to upset the balance. Other than aid given to countries on the borders, I’m not sure there should be a common European policy considering how hard it can be to track people moving around within the union. People could be moved farther in, but are then free to go wherever they will. If countries were allocated fund on how many immigrants they accepted, it would still end up unequal.

  2. I find it surprising that there is so little impetus to take action in defense of migrants to Europe in some of Europe’s biggest councils. Admittedly, it does not directly benefit the citizens of each individual country to pour resources into bettering the lives of foreign immigrants. However, especially in progressive Europe, it is a bit petty to be more concerned about exchange of information rather than loss of human life. Both are clearly important, but as the tone of the article indicates, immigration seems a more pressing issue that affects Europe economically, socially, and politically more than recent spy leaks.

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