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Solidarity With Refugees Cannot Hold Back Compassion In Communities Affected By The Greek and Italian Cruises

Solidarity With Refugees Cannot Hold Back Compassion In Communities Affected By The Greek and Italian Cruises

Encouraged by Turkey, refugees and forced migrants have been arriving in the Greek-Turkish boundary in recent weeks, expecting to achieve northern Europe and start a new life. The tens of thousands that came were considerably fewer than the countless thousands who passed through Greece at 2015. But they’ve been satisfied with violent hostility.

The Greek government has reacted both aggressively by shooting tear gas and water cannons at individuals coming to the boundary. Back in mid-March, Turkey started to move a few of the folks gathered on the boundary back to Istanbul.

On the Greek islands, rather than hauling the refugee-filled ships to security or handing out blankets, islanders out of Lesvos happen to be preventing them from disembarking in any way.

Yet less than five decades back, local communities around Greece and Italy combined forces with global networks of volunteers to deal with the most pressing needs of those coming on European land. As I’ve recorded, this was frequently done in a humbling manner, with whole cities in Italy and Greece incorporating refugees as contributors to nearby communities.

This is really to do with two related improvements: the decrease of those countries’ welfare conditions following the fiscal crisis, and also the EU’s de facto due to its commitment to individual rights for refugee populations.

Public Services Stretched

As my study on social and health care in England and Sweden has revealed, securing equal access to public services based on demand is no more a priority on politicans’ agendas, which makes patients and users accountable for their disabilities or ailments. This breeds uncertainty and anxiety in more vulnerable portions of the people who rely upon it.

The global dominance of a neoliberal policies has radically altered the terms of debate over collective responsibility for its disadvantaged, impacting people’s openness to help them. This is only possible to get worse because the social and health effects of this worldwide coronavirus pandemic persist.

The present situation in Greece, which hosts rising numbers of refugees but has badly under-resourced public agencies, has throw this into sharp relief. The size of refugees’ health care needs would put a significant added demand on the nation’s stretched federal health system in case of a coronavirus epidemic from the filthy camps. On March 18, the Greek authorities declared it’d suspend visits into the camps around the island for 2 weeks to block the spread of this virus. Non-governmental businesses have called on government to not depart refugees and forced migrants.

Humanitarianism Suspended

The situation hasn’t been aided by a contentious 2016 EU–Turkey bargain, which will be currently threatened from the current tensions about the Greek-Turkish border.

The initial plan was to send tens of thousands of refugees back to Turkey at a deal aimed at preventing individuals from attempting to achieve the EU by sea. In exchange, Turkey will receive $6 billion $5.3 billion) to help the huge refugee community hosted and Turkish nationals will be allowed visa-free traveling to Europe. Between 2016 into 2019 that the EU has resettled over 25,000 Syrians coming through Turkey, while less than 2,000 individuals were returned. However, the amount of covert arrivals reaching Greek islands from sea has been 70,000 in 2019 alone.

The same, the EU frontier nations including Greece and Italy are being left to accommodate the rising number of refugees in the war in Syria and migrants from Africa and the Middle East. This also contributes to a large number of traumatized and vulnerable individuals subsisting in limbo at substandard dwellings and makeshift tents with no or limited access to health care or education to their kids at the Greek islands. Inside my ongoing study, I have discovered that sailors who aided refugees were marginalized in their own communities while many islanders regretted the upheaval that the arrivals brought.

EU Collapse

Regardless of the Greek government’s obligation for the dreadful conditions of these waiting to get a reply to their asylum claims, along with the unpleasant reaction to the current arrivals, over all this scenario demonstrates the abject collapse of European migration policy.

This explains the reason why the EU has turned into a blind eye on human rights violations in Libya, yet another gatekeeper country getting money to stem the stream of people crossing the Mediterranean in ships from Africa into Europe.

However, anti-migration opinion might be a kind of stress displacement arising from the dislocation many taxpayers encounter in European nations where public services are decimated and the range of people in precarious employment is on the upswing.

Policies that try to deal with these problems, instead of appeal to empathy for the less advantaged, will probably be asked to revive the values of solidarity and care for those who want it.