Despite of what happened this Sunday in Malta, the worst-ever migration tragedy on the Mediterranean Sea, the EU and Member states revealed once again their lack of reflects and started to blame themselves instead to act and do something to prevent that a disaster like that could ever happen again.
Yesterday, Jean-Claude Juncker announced that the Commission was going to assign a generous funding to the new “Triton” mission, displayed by Frontex, which is expected to replace the Italy’s “Mare Nostrum” program. To us, this is not enough and it comes very late. For many years the European Union has looked the other way when thousands of peoples were dying in its doorstep. It’s simply unacceptable that it had to occur a catastrophe like that to make the Union react.
We think that the response to this problem must definitely come by a better integration in the Common Foreign and Security Policy, either on border control or on external affairs. In this sense, the EU should have a well-defined, transparent and fair common migration policy, and an open system for asylum seekers, ensuring at the same time that those peoples could have a future and hope in their respective countries. We are not really tackling the problem if we just stick on a “gatekeeper policy” and we do nothing to improve their live conditions in their lands of origin. EFAy doesn’t want an EU-fortress isolated on its own, we actually believe that the mixture of peoples and cultures enriches our society, but we also should help people to develop their own economy instead of supporting dictatorships that condemn them to the misery while exploiting their natural resources.
The 28 EU member states coalition called the “bloc” (the Union itself does not have yet the competence on border control) that is leading this new “Triton”, is just another proof that we are losing a precious time on making tightrope-walker performances to fit the necessities of the day, creating new and complicate structures, instead of giving their competences on border control to the EU so we would be able to react sooner and faster next time.
This catastrophe is not the first, and it won’t be the last as long as we don’t fundamentally change the way we deal with not only our shelter policy, but also our view on the social and development protection policies once they live and work in Europe.
For EFAY, the solution is based unquestionably on more Europe, but on a Europe that engages with migrants instead of blaming them for all our problems or one which expels them of our countries just because they did not have the luck to be born in the right shore of the Mediterranean. We honestly think that to defend the self determination principles means also to believe in the right of all peoples to aspire to a better situation than they have.