The EU’s policy towards migrants…

The European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has recently stated the following about migrants crossing the Mediterranean: “be sent back against their will,”. The EU also claims to be coming up with a plan to destroy the boats that smugglers are using in addition to developing a quota system based upon factors such as a member states’: population, economy, and the number of refugees/migrants previously accepted. Some countries approve the idea of a quota system, while Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban quipped the quota system as: “a crazy idea“.

Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs, speaks to reporters after a security council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Monday, May 11, 2015. The European Union's top diplomat has assured the U.N. Security Council that under a proposed EU maritime operation against the growing wave of migrant smuggling,
Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs, speaks to reporters after a security council meeting at United Nations headquarters, Monday, May 11, 2015. The European Union’s top diplomat has assured the U.N. Security Council that under a proposed EU maritime operation against the growing wave of migrant smuggling, “no refugee or migrant intercepted at sea will be sent back against their will.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Libya has balked at the idea of military action by the EU, and may even oppose any military action taken near its territory. Given that Libya is already embroiled in a civil war, I’m not really certain how far they would be willing to go to stop some smuggler boats from being destroyed. Libya doesn’t really seem like it’s in a position to demand, or stop any action that may be taken by the EU. But then again, European military strength has pretty feeble for decades, so who knows?

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The number of migrants crossing and dying to reach Europe has been steadily rising recently, and the EU’s recent announcement about turning no one back will probably recede the tide. If the nations of the EU aren’t willing to turn anyone back, why not just build a bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar? I thought that a lot of European countries had economic woes (25% unemployment in Greece, 22.5% in Spain, 12.8% in Italy…), but they must have something to spare if no one is being turned back. I wonder how many more will get on the Europe Express?

Migrants rest under the heli-pad of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix as their rubber dinghy is burnt and sunk after their group of 104 sub-Saharan Africans was rescued some 25 miles off the Libyan coast in this October 4, 2014 file photo. As many as 900 people may have died in Sunday's disaster off the coast of Libya. That would be the highest death toll in recent times among migrants, who are trafficked in the tens of thousands in rickety vessels across the Mediterranean. The mass deaths have caused shock in Europe, where a decision to scale back naval operations last year seems to have increased the risks for migrants without reducing their numbers. The European Union has proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations in response to the crisis.  REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/Files   MALTA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN MALTA PICTURE 08 OF 28 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY 'ISLE LANDERS' SEARCH 'DARRIN ISLE' FOR ALL IMAGES
Migrants rest under the heli-pad of the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix as their rubber dinghy is burnt and sunk after their group of 104 sub-Saharan Africans was rescued some 25 miles off the Libyan coast in this October 4, 2014 file photo. As many as 900 people may have died in Sunday’s disaster off the coast of Libya. That would be the highest death toll in recent times among migrants, who are trafficked in the tens of thousands in rickety vessels across the Mediterranean. The mass deaths have caused shock in Europe, where a decision to scale back naval operations last year seems to have increased the risks for migrants without reducing their numbers. The European Union has proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations in response to the crisis. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/Files MALTA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN MALTA
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Yahoo News!-Migrants will not be turned back against will:EU top diplomat

BBC News-Mediterranean migrant crisis:EU refugee quotas to be proposed

CNN-EU asks U.N. to sanction military action against migrant boats in North Africa

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