So far, the ongoing issue of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea in order to find safe refuge in the EU has been met with a humanity focus by the EU Commission. By focusing on EU’s responsibilities on taking care of the migrants show the EU Commission’s commitment in protecting the well being as well as basic human rights of all people, even beyond the EU’s borders.

Unfortunately, the discussion on migrant allocation has been met with some moderate resistance among EU member states, and now Germany and France is calling for more equitable allocation of migrant distribution as the two countries argued that they have already contributed much more on this issue than other member states (Deutsche Welle 6/1/2015).

The proper allocation of migrants is a difficult issue but needs to be addressed quickly in order to meet the upcoming demands of processing the refugees. It has already been commented that the EU must also go beyond looking at the short term need of the migrant crisis and also look at long term solutions to meet this humanitarian problem, including the possibility of exercising EU’s foreign policy to stabilize the regions that most migrants come in the first place (DS NETS 5/5/2015).

With EU’s commitments on human rights, it is unfortunately that some EU member states oppose the EU plan of allocating migrants to their country. Driven by anti-immigrant parties, these EU member states are voicing opposition, driving the possibility that the EU allocation plan might not have enough support to materialize (Voice of America 5/27/2015).

If the EU member states fail to approve any migrant allocation plan, which is one of the basic, fundamental first steps in tackling this humanitarian crisis, then it signals the EU’s inability to pass any subsequent medium and long term plan to handle this issue effectively. This is largely driven by the anti-immigration parties in the EU, and these parties do not want migrants from destabilized regions coming into Europe.

In order to even possibly stop the migrants from coming to the EU, the EU member states need to address the question of migrant allocation. However, the anti-immigration parties do not want to entertain the possibility of migrants coming into their home towns, so some EU member states oppose to the migrant allocation plan due to home political pressure.

Why can’t the anti-immigration parties recognize that by opposing the migrant allocation, the EU can’t make any significant steps in preventing migrants coming to the EU in the first place? Unless these parties want strict EU borders to prevent migrants from reaching in the EU in the first place, the anti-immigration parties are blocking the same proposal that is designed to address the problem of migrants in the first place.

If the anti-immigration parties are successful in preventing the EU from making the first step of addressing this migrant problem, then the EU will have to sit helplessly as more migrants come year after year. At a certain point, the issue of migrant allocation will come again, and on that time the issue will be more severe.


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