by Mark Angelides
In 2016, Europe took in more than 1 million refugees and migrants, of which many claimed asylum (this is an increase of almost four times 2015). Here’s a breakdown of nationalities from the BBC:
While there are some nations that are to be expected on this chart, aren’t there some odd ones, too?
And while it is absolutely right to provide support for those in war torn countries, many people across Europe are asking themselves: Why are they coming here? And why not somewhere else? Many in the media would describe this as a callous approach, but the U.N laws are very, very clear. An Asylum Seeker is:
Someone who is in the process of seeking refuge but has not yet been recognized as such.
And this is perhaps why we don’t hear the term Asylum Seeker anymore. Because they are being automatically granted refugee status (when no checks are done on the individual, it is known as ‘prima facie’ refugees.)
As the vast majority of the incoming people are now being classed as refugees and not asylum seekers, let’s look at what it means to qualify as a refugee:
“owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”
All well and good, most people believe that we have a duty to take in the unfortunate who are no longer safe. But our governments are not following these very clear regulations. We are taking in economic migrants under a refugee system. This not only does a disservice to us fortunate people in our safe countries, but a great disservice to those that ARE ACTUALY IN DANGER! (Especially Christians in the Middle East who are literally being murdered).
The vast majority of migrants (classified as refugees) arriving on Europe’s shores come by boat.
“Most of those heading for Greece take the relatively short voyage from Turkey to the islands of Kos, Chios, Lesvos and Samos” According to the BBC.
Since when is Turkey not a safe country? Or if it is really not a safe country, why then the push from the EU to make them a member state with visa free access for 70 + million people? One of these positions can be true, not both. And then of course after they arrive in Greece, why the travel across five or six other countries before registering?
Again, I would like to restate…We should look after refugees. The majority of these people are not refugees and therefore we have no responsibility to cater for them.
The UK is a popular spot for the migrants who have set up camp in Calais (the Jungle Camps as they are known). They are taken from the camps, the camps are destroyed, yet they keep coming back and starting again with the intent of entering the UK. In what way are these people refugees?
It is recognised in the 1951 Convention that people fleeing persecution may have to use irregular means in order to escape and claim asylum in another country – there is no legal way to travel to the UK for the specific purpose of seeking asylum. (United Nations 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees)
Even according to the MSM, 60% of people arriving in Europe and being regarded as refugees are “Economic migrants”, the people of Europe have no responsibility to house, feed, clothe or otherwise cater for a single one of these migrants. If you were to go to their countries, what special treatment would you expect?
Allowing people in as Prima facie refugees is wrong. People are taking advantage of European nations and their residents, our politicians are doing nothing to stop it. Real refugees are being left behind, or excluded, or worse. Let’s protect the real people in need and get rid of the users.
by Mark Angelides