European Union misjudged ‘refugee’ issue in wake of Arab Spring

This article at Deutsche Welle is titled:  ‘EU Planning better refugee protection’ but is nothing more than a restatement of the problem Europe, especially countries in the south (Malta, Greece, Spain and Italy), is having with being overrun by illegal migrants in the wake of the so-called ‘Arab Spring.’

Karl Kopp (Pro Asyl): Open prisons and build them housing!

I opened the article expecting to find a plan, but I sure don’t see it.  And, a ‘plan’ offered by a human rights advocate would only invite more migrants.

From Deutsche Welle (nothing new in the opening paragraphs):

Greece, Spain and Italy – many EU states are unable to cope with the influx of refugees from crisis areas and war zones. With refugee policies increasingly under fire, the EU is set to find a remedy.


Authorities in small states like Malta are overburdened by the flood of refugees. Greece, though much larger, is also strongly affected because refugees enter both by sea and by land, and migrants also try to cross into the EU illegally via the Greek-Turkish border. Many people fleeing the civil war in Syria also seek shelter in the EU.

It’s a good summary of Europe’s problem, but not much in the way of plans.  Read on.

Well, except for a plan from Pro Asyl, a human rights organization.  Spokesman Karl Kopp says:  open the prisons and build these people housing with taxpayers’ money.

Kopp has a concrete suggestion to end the inhumane conditions: “The EU should no longer detain people and build new prisons with European funds. Instead it should finance humane housing in Greece, and open the sordid jails there.” People in particular need of protection should be distributed across Europe, according to humanitarian criteria, and there should be legal ways to leave Greece, Kopp argues. “That would be an act of solidarity,” he adds.

Maybe Mr. Kopp has ‘humane housing’ (his home!) he could share with a dozen or so North Africans, Syrians or Afghans?

My suggestion:  Dump the EU and allow each country to decide questions of border security and sovereignty.

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