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Suspending the Schengen Agreement will block refugees in Europe's periphery

15 September 2015 / 16:09:21  GRReporter
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Can Europe passively wait for all those who are knocking on its door, not even knocking now but entering without knocking, and receive all those tens of millions who would like to set off to it and are active enough to do so? Obviously, this cannot happen and Europe together with its partners and allies must have a much more active position in implementing particular policies that are aimed at protecting the borders and stability of European societies.

Unfortunately, what we saw last week was the helplessness of the officials in Brussels, combined with exceptional arrogance. The fact that the German government can adopt a decision to accommodate a certain number of refugees in Germany does not mean that Brussels can oblige every European country to do so, in an absolutely authoritarian manner and by imposing a quota. This is an arrogant way to solve a refugee problem that is due to the helplessness of these European officials who are paid to protect Europe.

Countries like Bulgaria that lies on the border of the EU system are facing specific and significant challenges due to the refugee wave. On the one hand, Bulgaria as the first country on the way of refugees to the EU has received more than 15,000 Syrian refugees over the past four years. On the other hand, the competition within the EU is taking these masses of refugees mainly to the wealthy countries of northwestern Europe, especially to Germany but also to the Netherlands and Sweden. Therefore, these distribution quotas will actually take the periphery and marginal segments of the refugee wave to Bulgaria and countries like Bulgaria. In the centre of Sofia, there is even now a neighbourhood where we can see people who look strange and who are making their living by smuggling and other minor or major criminal offences or by fanaticism and its related activities in the predominantly Muslim regions and communities in Bulgaria.

I think that the European institutions in Brussels should take into account all these circumstances while making all these decisions. The solutions to the refugee problem must be sought in the territories and countries of its origin, and not primarily in the countries of Europe, where there are certain limits of saturation with refugees from the Middle East. They are not only economic and social, but cultural as well. Because no European country has been able to integrate into its culture, tradition and social public life the vast majority of Muslim migrants, whether they have come from the Middle East, Turkey or the Maghreb so far.

How could this happen, since a large number of refugees are already in Europe?

The people who are already here could hardly be asked to leave at this stage. They will have to be accommodated in the countries in which they have already arrived. The point is that there are millions more after them. And if European countries together with their NATO partners fail to carry out certain operations to destroy the bandits of the Islamic State or somehow to regulate the chaos in the Middle East, at least in terms of its external dimensions, which is possible only through military action, Europe will continue to participate in this process only as a victim.

How would you comment on the attitude of Syria’s neighbouring countries? It seems that no other country with the exception of Turkey and Lebanon wants to participate in the reception of refugees.

They have no public morality to oblige them to help refugees.

Tags: SocietyRefugees and migrantsEuropeSuspension of Schengen AgreementDistribution of refugees in the EU
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