Τετάρτη, 26 Μαρτίου 2014


Whether fleeing from conflict, persecution or simply looking for a better life, Europe has faced a a flood of immigrants trying to break through its borders. There has been a recent influx in the numbers of Sub-Saharan migrants coming into the Spanish enclave of Melilla – a 50 percent influx from 2013. Similarly to the border control between the United States and Mexico, Spain has constructed several fences to deter immigrants as well as strict border controls. The risks of coming over are high. Many migrants incur injuries along the way either from Moroccan guards beating them or the perils of jumping the fence. Many others fail to get across at all.

Once in Spain the immigrants are entitled to apply for asylum. And ultimately due to a lack of treaties with the migrants native lands, Spain cannot deport them. This challenge has led Spain to take a hard line against incoming migrants. Spanish officials admitted to firing rubber bullets at those who’ve attempted to swim across to Europe. They are also considering changing laws to make it easier to eject immigrants.
It makes sense that people who live in an impoverished, oppressive or war-torn regions, would want to get over to a stable, developed nation to build a better life – especially when that nation is so close. I think it speaks to the kind of conditions that these immigrants faced, that they are willing to endure such risks and in some cases years of traveling to get somewhere better. It’s not just Africans immigrating – many Turks have come into countries like Germany, and Syrians are fleeing from the conflict there into other European nations. Illegal immigration a complicated issue. But I don’t think that building fences is the way to resolve it. Until reparations are made in the nations that are being left, people will continue to flee from them. The problem will only stop when education, opportunity and hope are available in whatever nation these migrants called home.
05 Wednesday Mar 2014