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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!
Despite the comprehensive and agreeable rhetoric of the EU Agenda on Migration, the discrepancy in national implementation processes is perilously damaging both the chances of success of such policy and the very same European project. Migration is indeed a controversial issue and it lends itself to both easy manipulation and vicious narratives. However, the European Union was built on the respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and on the respect for human rights. And it is these values that the Union should uphold when confronted with seemingly insurmountable challenges. A proactive, and not merely reactive, migration policy should be implemented, also by taking the lead in promoting multilateral cooperation to tackle this issue. Protection has to be the focus of any response, rather than securitization to the detriment of human rights and the integrity of a democratic society. How does the Union justify the hotspot approach and the absence of an effective relocation system when both measures have been deemed failures by the vast majority of experts and observers? Why are best practices hardly collected and shared? There is more than can and should be done and the European Union could become a leader in the global debate.