The migrant crisis in Europe is in full swing. With over 100,000 migrants entering Europe via Greece this year alone, the situation is on the verge of reaching out of control and the ideal of free movement under the Schengen agreement is collapsing.
The over 100,000 people that arrived in Greece this year is a tenfold increase on the corresponding period last year. In 2015, over one million arrived. Forecasts talk about millions and hundreds of millions more.
With individual countries such as Austria, Slovenia among others imposing border controls or limiting asylum applications and the EU clinging to its ‘law’ the crisis intensifies.
10 Days Until EU Migration System Breaks
According to the EU’s migration commissioner, there are only ten days left for European Union officials to reduce the flow of migrants and asylum-seekers into the EU from Turkey, or the Schengen agreement risks total collapse.
“In the next 10 days, we need tangible and clear results on the ground. Otherwise there is a risk that the whole system will completely break down,” Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, told the media on Thursday.
With Greece facing a cost of over 600 million euros to handle the migrant crisis, you can imagine that the total cost for all EU countries goes into the double digit billions – a figure that reveals how the situtation is completely unsustainable.
Whilst few can disagree that the origins of the migrants’ move is tragic, there is no hiding the fact that simply welcoming them with open arms and providing food, shelter and ultimately jobs is not feasible without creating long-term problems internally.