Migrants and Brigands

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The issue of migrants is and should be a problem of Europe as well. The rule that states that one can apply for asylum only to the country where one has landed (or the border) is ahistorical and immoral. Ahistorical because written when globalisation had not yet been fulfilled and therefore the ethic transhumance was an exceptional event; immoral because it relegates those expatriates to flee from hunger, poverty or terror of wars to pure “numbers” from bureaucratic management, without any attention placed on the human being; in fact without looking either at the immigrant or the hosting country.

The coldness with which northern Europe cleared to date the issue as a whole the Mediterranean, allowing to come through that vein of racism not so much towards the occupants of the boats as towards the inhabitants of the south of the continent, be they Italian, Spanish or of other nationalities.

Now we are close to the final stage: it is not a question of helping the countries of origin and transit of migrants, neither that of the southern border of Libya and neighboring countries and the security and defence missions against traffickers, a topic that deserves reflection. Today at stake there is the obligation of the èpartitioning of refugee quotas; a description that may seem brutal in the settlement of a problem, but under a new perspective means global ontake of reponsibility as compared to the past.

Former Italian Foreign Minister, Mogherini, presented a real “migrant” plan, and has appealed to the United Nations: “we are ready to act but we cannot act alone. One of the immigrants in the Mediterranean is a European crisis, a crisis in Africa and a world crisis. Our first priority must be to save lives and act together, “concluded Lady Pesc.

To do this we will need to take up firm action against human traffickers. Hitting the brigands and remove the migrant boats with which they do their dirty trafficking is a crucial objective. But – as mentioned – assisting migrantstoo. On the other hand, not doing it would put the government on the same plane as criminals. More than brigands: indifference kills as much as violence does.

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