T.P. Spijkerboer: Europe’s refugee crisis: a perfect storm.

SYRIAN REFUGEES AT BORDER FENCES IN TURKEY, 2015 (CREDIT: BULENT KILIC/AFP)

10 februari 2016 – “A perfect storm is a disastrous event which happens because a number of problems occur simultaneously. The interaction of different elements reinforces these problems. Europe’s migration crisis is such a perfect storm. Here are the elements: major refugee crisis, serious under-funding, minimal resettlement, prohibition of travel, intended ripple effect, common European Asylum System fails, systematic underestimation and exploitation of problems.”

 

By Thomas Spijkerboer, Professor of Migration Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Thomas is currently conducting research on migrant deaths on the Mediterranean.

“Is it possible that the storm gets worse? Certainly. […] And if European countries keep reinforcing their criminal approach to the travel of refugees and migrants, human smuggling is likely to be incorporated in the more organized drug trafficking business―a phenomenon that has occurred at the US-Mexico border and has attracted extremely well organized and ruthless entrepreneurs to the human smuggling business.”

Read the complete article by Thomas Spijkerboer at oxford law.spijkerboer

© T.P. Spijkerboer, February 10, 2016.

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