Editorial :September 2015
The Refugee Exodus
Dr. Rasheed Hasan Khan
As tens of thousands of refugees continue to flee conflict-ridden countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, Western European governments and international humanitarian organisations are struggling to cope with the grave humanitarian crisis.
The refugee crisis is a direct result of the US and NATO’s regime change policies in Iraq, Syria and Libya. The US created the conditions that gave rise to the refugee crisis. In the course of events, the refugees will plow through the Balkans and simultaneously achieve one of Washington’s other goals, which is to destabilize the Balkans.
Sweden and Germany, which have been the most receptive, have absorbed about 43 percent of all asylum seekers.But in Germany, despite its liberal open door policy with over 44,000 Syrian refugees registered this year, there have been attacks on migrants, mostly by neo-Nazi groups.
The crisis is likely to get worse, with the United Nations predicting over 3,000 migrants streaming into Western Europe every day – some of them dying on the high seas. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says more than 2,500 refugees have died trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe this year. The three countries with the largest external borders – Italy, Greece and Hungary – are facing the heaviest inflow of refugees. While Western European countries are complaining about the hundreds and thousands of refugees flooding their shores, the numbers are relatively insignificant compared to the 3.5 million Syrian refugees hosted by Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon
Saudi Arabia and Qatar only want migrants that can work menial jobs and be controlled. Destitute Syrians and Libyans would pose a problem. It’s because of these reasons that refugees don’t go to either state, and plus, they know that even in the unlikely event that they decided to do so, they’d be immediately kicked out, jailed, or possibly even killed by the security forces.
In an ideal world, the EU and NATO wouldn’t have launched the Wars on Libya and Syria that preceded this crisis, but given that they’ve regretfully occurred and the situation is what it is at the present, if they were Macedonia’s true ‘partners’ and intent on helping it, they’d send more than paltry and insufficient funds. In fact, they’d take an active stance in solving the problem at its continental source, Greece, and properly assisting the government there. Instead none of this is happening, and the EU is only throwing money at the problem to make it look like it’s doing something. In reality, it would rather leave the refugees in the Balkans and wall itself off from the region if it ever came to that point. Macedonia, in effect, doesn’t have any friends in the EU, NATO, or the Greek government, and this crisis simply proves what many people had already suspected.
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants François Crépeau described Europe’s current response as a delusional way of trying to stop the influx.