A few days ago it was the French city of Calais, now it is the Greek islands, Macedonia or Hungary and tomorrow the migratory crisis can detonate in any other place in Europe, a continent which seems to be overflowing with the mass arrival of undocumented immigrants.
Every day, the Italian and Greek coast guards report new rescues of travelers in the Mediterranean ocean, and the UN have situated the number of arrivals until August at 292, 000, a figure which is already higher than the 219, 000 registered arrivals during the course of 2014.
It is predicted that the number will continue to grow as those arriving are people who are fleeing from extreme poverty in countries like Eritrea and Somalia, or from the devastation caused by wars in Siria, Iraq and Afghanistan. This flow will continue whilst life conditions remain in a terrible state in the countries of origin.
The mass arrivals have recently raised alarms in the so-called ‘Old Continent’: ‘Currently there is no crisis that is more urgent, more dramatic nor more loaded with threats for the stability of Europe than that which is taking place on our borders’, indicated a recent publisher of the French newspaper Le Monde.
In Calais there were riots when thousands of undocumented immigrants tried to cross the Eurotunnelwhich crosses the English Channel- in order to get to British soil, and in the tiny Greek islands the situation became unsustainable given the incompetence of the local authorities in handling the mass flow of people.
The small territory of Macedonia collapsed last week with the entrance of several thousand foreigners looking to get to Serbia by train and consequently arrive in Hungary, where they also cannot control the arrivals.
Faced with the chaos, calls from various European leaders have been made to request the coordination of efforts in order to confront the complex situation; however, the concrete actions are of limited capacity and are few and far between in giving an integral response to the problem, like a criticized military mission against the trafficking of persons.
On the other hand, activists and human rights organisations demand measures, those that stand out being the broadening of channels for legal migration, and the opening of new capacities to take in those who seek refuge.
The European Commission, on their behalf have proposed the establishment of an obligatory system of quotas in order to distribute the undocumented immigrants across the 28 countries of the regional block, but the initiative was not successful as many states refuse to open their doors to the foreigners.
Despite these closed positions, it is becoming more and more difficult to refuse refuge to the people who come from countries of war, who have sufficient reason to justify their request for this refuge.
All of these factors draw a complex panorama of Europe where the pressure will not stop growing and the news talk of a country overflowing with migrants.
However, some analysts and organizations question whether the conflict is really that of incompetence, or in fact lack of goodwill. There are certainly almost 300, 000 people that have arrived in the countries of Europe, a region with more than 700 million inhabitants which contains several of the richest powers on the planet.Share on FB Share on TT