According to the BBC around 3000 refugees are reported to have died trying to make the crossing to Europe and over 710 000 migrants have entered the EU this year. According to Frontex (The European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union) the Greek islands have faced a massive migratory pressure as 350 000 migrants have arrived during this year. In comparison for example in Italy the number of migrants that have arrived this year is 12 000.
The current discourse has turned into conversations on how the EU could stop refugees from arriving into the EU areas. It has been expressed that Turkey should prevent refugees from traveling through Turkey into Europe, by giving Turkey access to the Schengen area and by providing the country with 3.4 billion euros of aid. According to the current proposals the EU is willing to “re-energize” the conversation about Turkey’s entry into the EU. SONK thinks these kind of ideas are dubious, as the EU is basically trying to bribe Turkey to take complete responsibility for the refugees that want to come to Europe in search for a better life. We think that the EU has the resources to take in a larger number of refugees. Lue lisää →