During their summit last week, Europe’s leaders have adopted a very firm position in the management of refugees. They plan to slow down the flood of migrants, protect their external borders, and protect the integrity of the euro area.
Borders may be soon closed to economic refugees or migrants, according to the common position of the heads of state and government who met in Brussels last week.
The first section of the release is itself very tough: “Before the crisis of migrants, our goal must be to rapidly slow the flow, protect our external borders to reduce illegal immigration and safeguarding the integrity of the euro area,” it said. The result is the same: Frontex (European Border Guard) must cooperate with NATO patrol in the Aegean Sea, refugees should not be able to choose the country where they will settle, economic migrants should be sent back to their countries , etc.
The idea now is to hold Syrian refugees and other nationalities in Turkey, at all costs. An upcoming EU-Ankara summit will be held in March. Meanwhile, the issue of the distribution of refugees in member countries to ease the strain on Germany or Sweden is no longer taken as a priority. It is like it has become an illusion. Angela Merkel failed to impose her asylum practices with their partners. Even Austria has dropped. Vienna now imposes a maximum quota of 80 entries per day, certainly contrary to European legislation on asylum. But no one can politically impose on a country.
Last week, Macedonia closed to migrants who were wishing to travel over Western Europe’s border with Greece, according to their local police last Wednesday. Several hundred people were blocked in Greece.
“The border is closed,” said a senior Macedonian police, while a Greek police spokesman said the border was closed since Tuesday night. Some 600 Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis migrants were on the Greek side of the border waiting to enter Macedonia.