Asylum seekers crisis and Europe’s paralysis

According to Peter Sutherland, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration and Development, former Director General of the World Trade Organization, EU Commissioner for Competition, and Attorney General of Ireland, populists are having a field day whilst bitter divisions among member states have jeopardized the Schengen Area of borderless travel within the EU.

The EU’s failure to devise a cohesive response has had another dire, if less commented-upon, consequence: As Europe’s leaders stumble from one inconclusive summit to another, they have handed the rest of the world an excuse for similar inaction. If the EU cannot get its act together to confront a crisis directly affecting its member countries, why should others leap into action?

he writes in his article Europe’s Bad Example

From the article we may remember:

  • Europe alone =  not responsible for the wellbeing of all the people fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Syria, + elsewhere.
  • The immoral and xenophobic posturing of a handful of EU states allowed other countries to be bystanders => damaging the global refugee system
  • Past time for the international community to act in support of the world’s refugees and others who have been forcibly displaced.
  • Expanding resettlement capacity should be one goal of global action. Resettlement via “private sponsorship” – whereby individuals, communities, and NGOs take responsibility for families – is stymied only by governments’ failure to set up systems to vet and match refugees with sponsors.
  • Adequate support must finally be given to frontline states, like Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey => best way to stem refugees’ dangerous efforts to cross the Mediterranean.
  • The World Food Program, a backbone of the refugee system, met only two-thirds of its 2015 funding needs, compelling it to slash support to hundreds of thousands of Syrians.
  • Establish less cumbersome means for asylum-seekers to reach safety > Providing humanitarian visas Establish procedures enabling asylum-seekers to apply more easily for labour, student, or family reunification visas.



Preceding articles:

Can We Pay The Price To Free Humanity?

Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #3 Of the earth or of God

Europe’s refugees just follow the ancient routes for the peopling of Europe in the Neolithic

Forms of slavery, human trafficking and disrespectful attitude to creation to be changed

Welfare state and Poverty in Flanders #3 Right to Human dignity

Welfare state and Poverty in Flanders #8 Work

Are people willing to take the responsibility for others

If Europe fails on the question of refugees, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for

State of Europe 2015 – Addressing Europe’s crises

Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism

Schengen area and Freedom for Europeans being put to the test as never before

Why Russia backs Assad: a view from Russia’s anti-imperialist left

Disintegrating Syria whilst diplomatic talks and poker-play continues

Complaining and fighting asylum seekers not giving signs of thankfulness


The New gulf of migration and seed for far right parties

Consequences of Mass Immigration in Sweden


Additional reading:

  1. Still Hope though Power generating long train of abuses
  2. Daring to speak in multicultural environment
  3. Refugees At The Border- A Blessing Or Burden?
  4. Poster: Please Help The Refugees
  5. The World Wide Refugee and Migrant Crisis and a possible solution for it
  6. Social media and asylum seekers
  7. Israeli leaders delight in Europe’s cruelty toward refugees
  8. My two cents on the refugee crisis
  9. Blow to legitimacy of the capitalist system
  10. Propaganda war and ISIS
  11. Meeting to focus on humanitarian issues for Syria
  12. Chemical warsite and Pushing king of the South
  13. UK forces EU to lift embargo on Syria rebel arms
  14. Russia supplying weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime
  15. Speciesism and racism


About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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