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3 thoughts on managing migration & supporting refugees in a globalised world

First of all, the problem of immigration is important for the cohesion of the union. I am not only talking about the people coming to EU from third countries and looking for a better future and a quality of life they do not have. In this case, the answer of modern social democracy should be decisive. Integration and widening of human rights, especially in countries where their policies are more claustrophobic and anti-European. I speak much more about the internal migration of citizens within the union. While this is, in principle, productive and promotes the framework of a European citizen moving without borders in relation to the past. However, it creates strong imbalances and challenges for the equal development of EU members as important human capital is transferred from countries that need it to countries that already have it. This is where social democracy has to respond and support countries facing youth unemployment problems with mechanisms that re-cycle resources and projects with high added economic value especially to countries facing braindrain. Regarding the problem of refugees, the union has done a lot, but that does not mean that more cannot be done. As my country has become home to thousands of refugees from Syria, I can say that food and accommodation are not enough. If we really want to help these people and say that we belong to a union that respects people, we must first of all make these people equal members of the society where they can offer and create. This can only be done effectively with bottom-up projects involving both the union citizens and the refugees in order to produce the necessary osmosis.
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I think we all agree on one – that everybody who comes to Europe should find a safe harbour in here. However we should not end on that. The migration crisis stopped but it might happen again. We need to help the developin countries to finally “spread the wings”, create their own strong economies – it is not a dream, this all might happen with just a little help from us – the EU. The European Comission came with an idea called the “Juncker plan” – that’s great but it is not enough. In my opinion the european community should finally look deeper into the matter of corporate exploatation of developing countries (as the tittle says). The thing is that big brands/comanies like Apple, H&M are getting benefits from people in Africa, Asia, South Africa. In 2012 the 150 workers of Foxconn – the huge electronics company whcich products electronics for Apple, Intel etc. – thretaned to commit the massive suicide if the wroking conditions do not improve. In 2012 one worker commited suicide and in 2013 the three workes jumped out of the window. After that every window in a factory was secured by the net wchich would prevent the further suicides. That’s why the EU should make it clear that all products which are going to be sell on our teritorry come from reliable source where the working conditions are fulfilling at least minimal standards. There should be a special labour agency wchich would monitor the factories outside the EU by unexpected visitations a few times per year. The agency should also check if the employees get the fair salary for their work. I know that it sounds complicated but it would be a huge, amazing step in our fight for social justice in Europe. This would also make the competition between companies fair because small, righteous, entrepreneurs would have the same chances as big companies who are using those who are desperate.

Many insist that countries each need to take their own share of responsibility that Burden Sharing is a must. Even so, time and again we have seen countries fall short in this! Countires, which may be considered to have been vastly influential into the very cause of this migration crisis. A crisis which keeps on seeing lives being lost at sea and some in between borders. It is thus because of this that the Union, along with other partner countries need to come together now more than ever before; to meet and find a solution. A solution that goes away from a “money talks” mentality and into one that really seeks to be proactive in listening to the effected youth, the vulnerable people and those who unfortunately risk their lives to find a better future. We need to prove that as a Union we are better than the U.S and its current position. We must prove that the fundamental values upon which the Union was built still stand true today, values we still try to uphold at the best of our ability. The EU is the strongest advocate in this, we have partnerships and action plans ready to help sustain various Countries of Origin from which migrants come from and accordingly we must in good conscience keep on aiming to improve our strategies for a more cooperative Partnership Framework. We are seeing progress on part of the European Union, however more is yet to be desired. In the words of HRVP Mogherini “our common work under the Partnership Framework has brought tangible progress. We will keep on working to increase cooperation with our African partners, to ensure that lives are saved, migrants are treated in dignity and to eradicate together the business model of those who exploit human despair”. In working together we can have more progress and a tangible solution!

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