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Italy has seen a constant increase in the number of people arriving across the Mediterranean in recent years. Hundreds of thousands are waiting in reception centres or being housed by local authorities, who are stretched to their limits. This situation cannot continue – one state cannot face the brunt of this situation alone. A legal binding decision has been taken on the relocation of refugees and it is outrageous that certain national governments still refuse to accept this. The Commission has a duty to ensure that all countries meet their responsibilities. It is almost five years since the scale of this problem became apparent and yet we are no closer to having a strategy in place to deal with it. We are a continent of 500 million people and one of the richest regions of the planet, yet our failure to organise effectively turns manageable issues into crises. We cannot wait until something is back on the front pages before acting. It is essential to finally apply the relocation mechanism to all third country nationalities. The Dublin System must be revised and updated to reflect the current situation and, in the long run, Europe should set up corridors for legal migration and increase its commitment to stabilise Libya and further invest in Africa in order to tackle the causes of these increasing migratory flows.
I have one question. Are Italian frontiers also European frontiers? If the answer is “NO !!!”, well, Europe turns its gaze on the other side and let Italy solve this immense problem by itself. If the answer is “Yes !!!” then stop making hypocrites, stop making egoists, stop doing myopics, and start seriously tackling the problem, because the future of Europe is inextricably linked to the positive solution to this problem, I believe that the solution is not just the division of the number of immigrants in more or less equal parts. I’m also sure that the solution is not searched with walls and barbed wire, but it must necessarily involve the countries of origin , who have to take on their responsibilities. They cannot think about downloading their problems to others. One last question: is it possible that there is a specific strategy behind it?
Our politicians like to consider themselves leaders of “The Free World” and to praise the “free market”. But WHO is really “free”??? What is freedom if not the right to go where you want to be? And what is a migrant if not a one-man corporation that wants to do business abroad??? The “free market” exists only for the rich. They can do business wherever they want, whereas common people are tied to their nation states like medieval serfs to the land of their lords… We have a global market, but not everyone has access to it. In Europe we use resources from all over the world – from oil and coffee to brilliant minds and cheap labour. We actually want engineers from Bangladesh to come to Europe and help our high-tech industries maintain their leading position in the market. But textile workers from Bangladesh are supposed to stay in their country and produce cheap clothes for us. THAT is anyhting but fair. If we want free access to the markets of the world for ourselves, we should also grant free access to our market to the whole world – meaning, YES, also free access to the labour market for “one-man corporations” selling simply the work of the CEO’s own two hands!