European migration: Europe doesn’t need a quota

Ashley Jones-Quaidoo, Contributing Writer

It took too long for the European Union to take action. The new quota set by the European Union to relocate 160,000 migrants came after a photo of a three-year-old deceased baby on a beach in Turkey went viral.

This is neither sufficient nor necessary. As an international community, we have to rebuild the failed states–this is the root cause of the problems. This reality is not new. The journey made by migrants is dangerous in and of itself; many do not survive the treacherous waters. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 2,600 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean. The majority of migrants’ crossings are from Syria and Afghanistan; they make the journey in search of a better life not only for themselves, but for their families.

Paying crew members thousands of dollars to migrate, many of the migrants and their families expect that when they arrive in Europe, the quality of life will be different. This is not the case. I recall reading a CNN article about a young man who was sent from Egypt to Italy by his family. Promises of a better quality of life came from deceitful lips. Nonetheless, many of these boys as young as 13 are being trafficked into Europe. Forced to prostitute or work for meager pay, many of the young boys have no way to return home because they must pay off their debts and support their families back home.

As a result of the growing influx of migrants, Europe has set a quota allowing 160,000 migrants to stay, but I see this as a growing storm waiting to happen. It is no secret that European countries have had crusades against migrants in the past. How will governments and economies across Europe support migrants? Countries such as Greece lack a stable economy, so there is no way their infrastructure can support the influx. As the European Union faces a shaky economy and unemployment, citizens are opposed to providing refuge to the migrants.

The effects of the migration crisis can be seen in Italy, as unemployment rates among citizens are leading to animosity. Neo-fascist groups in Italy such as CasaPound have already launched a campaigning saying, “We import slaves, we produce the unemployed.” The message of fascist leader Benito Mussolini is being carried and heard by many. The fact that the base of CasaPound has grown during the crisis is chilling; Europe should not put itself or the migrants in a situation where tensions can lead to a crusade against the migrants.

I believe that as an international community we need to take action against the failed states from Egypt to Syria. Many would argue that Bashar al-Assad of Syria is the last person stopping an Islamic State from erecting in the Middle East. While that may be true, he is killing his own people in the process. Using chemical weapons and instilling fear in the atmosphere is not acceptable; it is a violation of human rights and international order. In order to get rid of Assad, we must take a stand against his babysitter, Vladimir Putin. As long as Assad has the support of Putin, we cower, and the migration crisis will continue.

When legitimate leadership is put into place and democracy is established, the governments will be allowed to participate in the international order bringing in aid, resources, and jobs. As long as the illegitimate governments remain, the failed states’ participation will remain limited in the international community.

Europe’s quota is not a solution to the migration; in fact, it has the potential to become a disaster. Many are losing their lives crossing the Mediterranean, and it does not have to occur. Remove the illegitimate government of Assad, implement leadership into the failed states across the Middle East, and allow for participation in the international community. As a result, resources, businesses, and aid will flow into the countries and encourage the migrants to stay in their home countries.

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