European Union Issues Ultimatum To Eastern Europe: Accept Influx Of Refugees Or Be Removed

 

Hundreds of migrants seek to cross Hungary's border (pictured above).

In the past few years, thousands have fled to Europe in an effort to escape violence in Africa and the Middle East. The European Union’s (EU) open-border policy currently allows anyone traveling throughout the Union to do so without needing a visa. Unfortunately, some of the immigrants entering Europe are bringing violence with them. As a consequence, many locals are unwilling to accept potentially dangerous individuals into their country.

Despite the chaos happening in Sweden, there does not appear to be a slowing of immigrants. In fact, according to an anonymous source, Hungary and Poland have recently been given an ultimatum. They must either begin accepting refugees, or they will be expelled from the EU. Fortunately, the leaders of both countries appear indignant.

According to an article released by The Times, a senior diplomatic official told reporters that if the two countries do not open their borders, “they will have to make a choice: are they in the European system or not?” He added, “you cannot blackmail the EU, unity has a price,” suggesting that if the countries want the benefits of being in the Union, they must abide by their policies, even if they have been shown to be harmful.

 

In the next few weeks, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will decide whether or not migrant quotas are legal. Many, including the anonymous diplomat, believed the ruling to be against the two countries. “We are confident that the ECJ will confirm validation,” the source said. “Then they must abide by the decision. If they don’t then they will face consequences, both financial and political. No more opt-outs. There is no more ‘one foot in and one foot out’. We are going to be very tough on this.”

Despite these threats, both Poland and Hungary are not interested in jeopardizing the safety of their citizens. Poland’s leadership, the conservative Law and Justice Party, recently won their election thanks in large part to their anti-immigration stance. Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, has likewise been vocal about creeping Islamism. He recently issued a warning, arguing that migrants will “spread terrorism around Europe” if their admittance is continued. Hungary challenged the EU, arguing that it is both culturally and constitutionally unreasonable to force refugees on unwilling countries within the Union.

Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary.

Also, towards the end of 2016, Orban argued that Hungary has “had the opportunity to learn from Western Europe’s mistakes,” adding, “Hungary is a stable island in the turbulent western world because the people were consulted on their opinions here, and we defended the country against illegal immigration.” His comments are referring to the recent immigration problems many developed countries, such as Germany and Sweden, are experiencing.

 

Despite being supported by unfortunate facts, many in the Western world have condemned him. European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans stated, “Any society, anywhere in the world, will be diverse in the future — that’s the future of the world.” Continuing, he said, “so [Central European countries] will have to get used to that. They need political leaders who have the courage to explain that to their population instead of playing into the fears as I’ve seen Mr. Orban doing in the last couple of months.”

But the Hungarian government is determined to keep its citizens safe. In an effort to curb unwanted threats, they’ve recently passed legislation allowing them to hold captured immigrants, who have entered the country illegally, in detention centers. Their new policy gives authorities at the border the power to detain asylum-seekers indefinitely and hold them in converted shipping containers until their deportation cases are heard. The Prime Minister claims it’ll help keep Europe safe, but the U.N. has called it illegal.

Hungary Detention Centers

This policy is in response to Europe’s major immigration problem. Nearly thirteen thousand refugees were crossing their border daily back in 2015. However, since cracking down on illegal immigration, eight thousand illegal aliens are awaiting trial in a local detention center. Currently, only ten people are allowed to enter the country a day. As a result, many in the country are living with much less fear. It may be wise for Trump to implement some of Hungary’s wise legislation.

 

Because of the recent asylum-seekers, Europe has experienced an incredible amount of problems. Once inside many refuse to assimilate, causing tension and a rise in crime. Recently, three female police officers in Sweden were assaulted by a refugee suspected of arson. During what should have been a routine arrest, police officers ended up failing to detain the violent immigrant. The video of the attack can be seen below.

Warning: This video contains graphic content:

The growing population of migrants created an unintended problem. As refugees continue to enter Europe without assimilating, “no-go” zones, which are areas with high levels of crime that are so dangerous cops are reluctant to enter, have started to arise. In February, it was reported that the dangerous areas have grown in number, increasing to fifty-five. As a consequence, Swedish law enforcement has become increasingly less capable of protecting the innocent. The problem is so extreme that many officers have even considered quitting.

There are also some reports of “morality police” roaming the streets of Sweden to make sure individuals walking along the street are behaving in accordance with the Quran. There have even been cases where filmmakers were attacked. This creeping oppression has caused many liberal feminists to speak out. The widely known feminist Nalin Pekgul, known for bringing attention to the risks women living in the suburbs face, now refuses to go to certain cities in the country. “In Tensta I am a known face and I had no desire to stir up trouble when I get harassed,” she says. According to her, “religious fundamentalists gained increasing space in the area and the place of women in the public sphere diminished.”

Muslim morality police.

Muslim morality police.

Many of the “no-go zones” are so dangerous that some refugees are allegedly considering returning back to the places they fled. According to an interview with NRK, Mohammed Dame, a Somali immigrant to Sweden, claimed, “it’s like a war zone. We do not know who gets shot. Bullets can hit you anywhere,” adding, “now there are more weapons than ever. There are more drugs than ever. There is more insecurity. Everyone is afraid. I dare to say the truth, there are not many who dare it.” He concluded, “maybe I’ll move back. I do not know. But I will not be moving around in Sweden. I want to feel safe.” Despite this growing fear, Swedish officials have formally denied the existence of any such problems.

Europe is being destroyed from within. Many living in the Union quickly realize that their liberal position on immigration has dire consequences. However, others are slow to change. Unfortunately, those that have yet to understand the Islamic threat we face are still in the majority, but hopefully, that they will soon. Hungary and Poland have already spoken out again the idea of open-borders. As the violence continues, it’s likely others will likely join them. President Trump should reach out to the leaders of both parties to plan how to better secure our own country.


Europe’s Open Borders Are Crumbling

As the EU struggles to handle its refugee crisis, passport-free travel across the region is under threat.

Belgian Police conduct identity checks at the French border. (Reuters Pictures/Francois Lenoir)

To say that the European Union’s open border policies are embattled is an understatement. Increasingly, it looks like they could be on the way out for good.

On Monday, Belgium announced that it had reintroduced border controls on its frontier with France. Over in Denmark, the government agreed on Tuesday to extend its policy of passport checks on the German border for the third time, while Sweden has kept similar checks for travelers arriving from Denmark. Austria has already built a wall at its busiest frontier crossing with Slovenia, and last Friday it introduced a cap of 80 asylum applications per day, after which its border would be closed to further applicants.

The complete end of open EU borders hasn’t come just yet. The Schengen Agreement that guarantees free movement among EU and EFTA member states (excluding the U.K., Ireland, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Cyprus) allows for the reintroduction of border checks in times of emergency. Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis is just the sort of emergency this clause was designed to address, but it’s putting the agreement under such strain that EU figures have been warning that the union has only a few months left to save Schengen.

European Commission

Border checks and caps are being reintroduced because many EU states fear they’re unable to manage the flow of refugees across their frontiers. In 2015, EU states received 1.3 million asylum applications, the greatest number coming from Syria. This number is somewhat more manageable than the 2 million refugees in Turkey, or the more than 1 million in tiny Lebanon, but it’s putting many states under strain—a strain they fear will get worse.

Belgium’s moves, reintroducing controls and 290 extra police officers, come as the “Jungle” refugee camp at Calais, barely more than 30 miles from the Belgian border, faces imminent eviction. The camp’s estimated 5,500 residents aim to reach the U.K., hoping to smuggle themselves onto the trucks and trains that pass through Calais to cross the English Channel, either by tunnel or ferry. It’s a goal many have chosen because they speak English, have connections in the country, or think it will offer them better job prospects.

For these refugees, time is running out fast. A legal appeal from the camp managed to stave off eviction on Tuesday, but a decision could be taken Wednesday. With the beach season on the way, the Belgians want to keep the refugees away from their country’s short, heavily developed coastal strip, where some might also try to reach the U.K. via the ferry crossings at Ostend and Zeebrugge.

Bringing back border controls doesn’t solve the refugee problem, of course, but merely displaces it. Austria’s moves to police its border more rigorously, in particular, seem to have created a knock-on effect throughout Southeastern Europe. Slovenia also started building its own fence on the Croatian border in November, and on Monday its parliament approved the deployment of the country’s army to manage the refugee flow at the border. Further south, borders have been tightened between the Republic of Macedonia and Greece, allowing Syrians and Iraqis to pass but barring Afghans. There’s even some discussion of sealing the Macedonian border with EU assistance, effectively turning beleaguered Greece into a giant refugee camp.

Moves like these haven’t been enough to stanch the flow. In October, Hungary closed its border with Croatia, an EU member but not yet a Schengen signatory, complementing its already fenced-off border with Serbia. Now, increasing numbers of migrants are simply cutting through these barriers to enter the EU. Still, with an effective joint EU response to the refugee crisis still elusive, whatever temporary respite gets achieved by a more tightly managed border remains attractive for many EU states—notwithstanding the misery it can cause hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the threat of death.

Europe’s ability to respond effectively to a humanitarian crisis is not the only thing under threat. A study published by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation this week estimated that the collapse of the Schengen Agreement could cost the EU up to €1.4 trillion over the next decade, costs incurred more by the slowing of cross-border transit for goods than by border maintenance expenses themselves. With no clear end to the crisis yet in sight, the project of European integration is facing its toughest test yet.


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