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The European Immigration Crisis
EU-Turkey Deal: Omnishambles
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  • Pete

    “The European great and good were always delusional in their hopes that they would be getting a flood of displaced doctors and engineers.”

    What fools.

  • gabrielsyme

    We see the first hints of how this situation could get still worse – the Turks can make the lives of the migrants in Turkey so terrible that the EU will be compelled to accept them since returning them to Turkey would no longer be morally acceptable. Since the EU and Greece have shown no willingness to directly return migrants to their countries of origin, this would most likely mean the end of deterrence and the resumption of a flood of migrants heading to Germany, many dying along the way.

  • Andrew Allison

    The silver lining is that word of the appalling conditions under which refugees are living might get back to the countries of origin pour discourager les autres.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    They’re Muslims, let them stay in Turkey.

  • Jim__L

    “Given the influx of more than a million refugees into Germany last year,”

    Can we get some references on this number? It seems a very important point.

    “Nevertheless, it’s still stomach-churning treatment meted out to victims of war and circumstance, not criminals.”

    The people who have to deal with these refugees are no less a “victim of circumstance” than the refugees themselves. The author of this piece is being a good little technocrat, pretending that there exists some ideal, smoothly-running institution that is somehow going (correctably) wrong if anyone ever meets with misfortune. THERE IS NO SUCH INSTITUTION.

    And, to be brutally honest, there never will be when we have to deal with numbers and with expectations like this. The illusion that there could possibly be one is grave hubris.

    There will be a shock wave, between the steady-state of the pre-Arab-Spring Middle East, and whatever steady state we end up with at the end of this “omnishambles” (or, as they say in the military, this charlie-foxtrot.) It will be ugly, and responses will fall far short.

    The real question is, will the nations of Europe that these refugees see as lifeboats be swamped, or will any survive? I think that many will, but technocrats will not admit their own ultimate impotence, and their actions will cause more harm than good.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Bravo….that is precisely what needs to be said when articles like this are presented to us.

    • Beauceron

      “The real question is, will the nations of Europe that these refugees see as lifeboats be swamped, or will any survive? I think that many will, but technocrats will not admit their own ultimate impotence, and their actions will cause more harm than good.”
      What do you mean by “survive”?
      I think, in 20-30 years, there will still be a France and a Belgium for example, but they will not be France and Belgium anymore, if you know what I mean.

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