The European Union could not handle the migration crisis, and eight years after the crisis the European Parliament is still talking about the need to increase European solidarity and help with the placement and distribution of immigrants, an MEP of ruling Fidesz said in Strasbourg on Wednesday.
In an EP debate on Tuesday on Italy’s recent declaration of a state of emergency over migration, most MEPs were “still forcing the same bad, tired methods which were clearly proven inadequate to solve the problem years ago”, Balázs Hidvéghi told MTI.
If a certain method is proven not to work in fixing a given problem, then it is time to try something new, Hidvéghi said. The fact that the same things are being said eight years after the start of the migration crisis shows that the EU could not handle the migration crisis and has been trying the wrong methods in the recent period, he added.
The MEP said the changes to the EU’s methods in managing the crisis should start with securing the bloc’s borders. It should also be made clear, he said, that the EU will not tolerate illegal entry onto its territory.
“Anyone who attempts this has to be immediately repatriated to where they came from,” Hidvéghi said. “This has to be the starting point,” he said, adding that unless such a policy is implemented, more and more illegal migrants would make their way to Europe.
He said most migrants coming to the EU were not refugees but rather economic migrants “taking advantage of Europe’s weakness and that member states don’t even observe or enforce their own laws”.
Hidveghi said the EU should help Italy protect its borders and help member states with repatriating migrants.
Once borders are protected and the laws respected, the EU can discuss helping Africa and member states’ national regulation of migration, he said.
Hidvéghi said he would propose that the EP on Thursday postpone a vote on its position on a new asylum pact, arguing that several MEPs believed it makes “incorrect assumptions” and “forces the wrong solutions”.
He said Europe should help genuine refugees as Hungary is doing in the case of Ukrainian refugees. But illegal economic migration has to be clearly distinguished from this and firm measures should be taken against it, he said.
No, no, they could have handled it. They could’ve fixed it quickly and easily by passing a law that says “If you turn up at the E.U. border without a valid passport and, if applicable, visa, you’re turned back immediately, regardless of your sex/age/religion or your story – no discussion, no ifs, no buts, no maybes.” They could then have easily implemented said law. So, it’s not that they COULD not have handled it; it’s that they did not WANT to handle it. It’s in somebody’s interest to flood Europe with millions–by now tens of millions–of “New Europeans,” as the globalist-socialist Time magazine called them. Ask yourselves whose interest and why…
@Michaelsteiner – unfortunately, people don’t always have a (valid) passport, visas can be difficult or impossible to obtain (process, cost, etc., You may not be able to go to the Afghan or Syrian passport office for fear of getting arrested. Visa – try getting a UK one if you’re for example (straightforward) a Russian with a Schengen visa, living in the EU – HUF 150K plus, time required with “expedited” is HUF 75K, then wait anywhere up to 2 months which may or may not work if you’re fleeing war or persecution (I needed a Russian national to attend an event – so no harm done other than miss the meeting).
Story – now. This is where I agree. There are quite a few genuine asylum seekers out there – and they should be able to apply for asylum https://www.unhcr.org/asylum-seekers.
Go to any US embassy and ask for asylum- the borders in the US have been eliminated and all you expenses will be paid.