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Dienstag, Februar 10, 2004
Asylum politics in the Netherlands
According to what the BBC reports, the Netherlands will have some changes in their attitude towards asylum seekers.
I see this problem from several sites. One site is that we in Central Europe, as a place where we're pretty okay with all have some kind of obligation for those whose life is worse. Don't forget that many of European wealth is also based on so called third worl work, be it the oil, be it the diamonds from Africa, Coffee and whatever.
And if I were living in a place where I had to fear 50% of my children might die on diarrhoe and other "profaneties", I'd be on my way to a better place, too. I can understand the co called "economy refugees".
Butbutbut... I also can see that some countries can't take any more people right now because they're unable to either have the live their life until they go back or integrate them with all what belongs together. No country in Europe is big enough to allow people to live as isolated as it's possible in the US for minorities. Here we live in shorter distance to everyone, so a minimum on integration is needed.
So what would be the best way? I'd go for a common EU-Asylum program. Asylum seekers wouldn't be able to apply for a special country but for Europe in general and they would be sorted in each European Country, using a fair distribution key for all member countries. But well - it'll take some time until I'll be EU president...