Jon Worth Euroblog

EU analysis, cross-posted to Blogactiv

Refugees stream from Serbia into Hungary. So Orbán puts up a border fence. But then Serbia struggles to cope with the refugees on its side, and many continue to find ways to cross anyway. Refugees don’t want to stay in Hungary however as they fear Orbán’s government will not treat them well.

Austria, the next destination for the refugees, cancels all cross border rail services with Hungary. So they uses buses and go on foot instead.

Refugees end up in München, until German railways cancels all cross border rail services to and from Austria, and Germany says it is reintroducing border controls with Austria.

So then Czech Republic gets worried, and says it is boosting border controls on its border to Austria.

Meanwhile Poland’s Prime Minister announces an emergency meeting with the head of her border control.

This, countries of the EU, is no way to deal with a refugee crisis – by keeping on passing the problem onto someone else. The Dublin Regulation – that the place the refugees first enter is where they must seek asylum – is also clearly broken. There’s no way Greece or Hungary can, on their own, cope with this.

So tell me please: what better solution is available than Juncker’s compulsory quotas plan? I understand why that might be far from perfect, and scares plenty, but what else is actually an option right now? Keep on passing the buck until Schengen is in tatters, and there are thousands of refugees camped out in rural Serbia? No thanks.

Image: CC License from Flickr. 2015_09_10_Moni_3Roeszke01, September 10, 2015 by Fotomovimiento

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