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IMMIGRATION CRISIS 1
IMMIGRATION CRISIS 2
Since long time ago individuals have moved from one place to another. Individuals have
different reasons for reaching the European shores, and they also use various channels. Individuals
looking for the legal ways but at the same time put their lives at risk to run away from the
oppression, fights, and poverty. Some seek to unite with their families; others seek
entrepreneurship and education. In the recent past, the European Union has experienced a large
number of refugees and immigrants (Geddes, and Scholten 2016). Approximately one million
individuals arrived in Europe, a majority of these immigrants running from war and terror
especially in their countries.
The European Union has agreed on specific measures to deal with the crisis. These include
ways to resolve the causes as well as increasing help to individuals who require humanitarian
support both inside and outside the European Union. There are several ways the EU wants to
relocate the asylum seekers who are already in Europe, resettling the needy individuals from
neighboring countries and return those who do not qualify for asylum (Peers 2016). The EU is
coming up with better measures to improve security at the borders, tackling immigrant smuggling,
and providing people with ways to legally enter the European Union.
Majority of individuals who require international protection are coming to the European in
need of asylum. Individuals who flee their homes and cannot return due to fear of persecution or
risk of suffering serious harm. The European Union has legal and moral rights to protect the needy.
The countries of the European Union are responsible for checking and confirming asylum
application and making a decision on whom to receive the protection (Schapendonk, and Steel
2014). Specifically, the commission is working continuously to ensure that the necessary child
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protection measures are taken. This has become a cause of concern mainly because the number of
children in immigration especially those who are not accompanied is increasing. Due to their
vulnerability, these children require particular attention.
Not everyone who goes to Europe requires special attention. Majority of the people leave
their homes to improve their lives. These individuals are called economic immigrants. If these
individuals lack a legal protection claim, then the government has the right to make sure that they
return to their motherland country or to the state through which they passed. Thousands of people
have died in an attempt to reach the European Union (Lutz, 2016). Majority of the people of the
immigrants and refugees have paid criminal gangs and people smugglers to cross the borders.
When these individuals are provided with food, water, and shelter, some of the European Union
strain their resources. This is particular in the case in Greece and Italy whereby most of the
immigrants have to first arrive in the European Union.
The European Union for the past twenty years has placed some of the common asylum
standards in the world. Over the last two years, the European immigration policy has made
advancements because the agenda on immigration that was proposed by the European Commission
in the year 2015 is implemented. The European Union has increased ways to carry out rescue
operations and to deal with criminal networks, especially in the Mediterranean. Through tripling
the available resources most lives have been saved, and a majority of the traffickers and smugglers
have been caught.
The European Union is tackling the issue of immigration by working closely with five
countries which include Senegal, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, and Ethiopia. For instance, the European
Union through cooperating with Niger is helping in the reduction of transit flow through the Sahara
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with the EU giving support to transit zones and six immigrant centers for immigrants who are
vulnerable. Also, hands-on European Union support on the ground, aiding in dealing with human
trafficking, and smuggling.
The Turkey statement in the year 2016 aimed to stop the uncontrolled movement of
immigrants across the Aegean Sea and also provide the proper methods for refugees to enter
Europe. This effect has resulted in the reduction of the number of immigrants coming from Turkey
(Lazaridis, 2016). The European Union with turkey have come to the agreement that immigrants
were arriving on the Greek islands from Turkey who don’t make applications for asylum, or those
immigrants whose application have not been approved may go back to their country. For each
Syrian citizen returned to Turkey after irregular crossing, the European Union will take in a Syrian
from Turkey who has not sought to take this journey in a manner that is irregular.
The European Union has offered support to Italy and Greece for the setting up of hotspots
to aid the authorities in these countries to better deal with ...