Is it getting harder and harder to immigrate to the European Union, and once a citizen of one nation, theoretically you are supposed to be home free to travel in the EU, however all that is about to change. You see, if granted citizenship in one of the nations, it is still likely that traveling from country to country will involve future checkpoints. Many people in the European Union are concerned about this because one of the reasons for forming the union of united countries in Europe was to make it easier to travel, trade, and do business.
Not too awfully long ago, there was an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal, and I believe this article was published on May 5, 2011. It was titled “EU Considers New Border Checks – Some Members Seek National Controls to Contain the Recent Influx of Migrants” by John W. Miller. The article cites some of the challenges such as the Tunisia, Libyan, Egyptian turmoil and civil unrest, along with a good number of long-stemming issues with immigrants taking up permanent residence in EU nation-states; “More than 600,000 Libyans have fled” – the article states.Indeed, that is a scary number, but the numbers just keep increasing at a time when countries of the EU are trying to cover their debt, and get out of financial trouble. Many nations feel completely challenged with the incredible influx of immigrants into their nation especially at a time when most EU nations are trying to recover from the downturn of the economy. Not only are immigrants coming from the Middle East and North Africa, but also non-EU Eastern European nations.
Interestingly enough, we have a similar problem here the United States don’t we? On one hand we have a country next door which is in complete turmoil due to the drug wars, and drug cartels, and almost a failed state. We have another nation which is communist, and we allow refugees to come to the United States as long as they can make it to US soil – in that case they can become citizens. We don’t send them back because many of them claim they are political refugees from Cuba.
In the future, if Mexico collapses economically, and implodes politically those folks coming over the border will also be political refugees. We can’t send them back and still look at ourselves in the mirror because we could be sending them back to their own deaths due to the drug cartels. In fact many former Mexican police officers in border towns have fled to the US and are seeking asylum here. It makes sense that we would take care of them and protect them.So this is a great debate when it comes to immigration law, not just the United States but also now the European Union. If someone from the Middle East has fled an undemocratic government, the European Union cannot send them back because they could be put in prison, tortured, or even executed by the government of the country they had fled. If you’ve ever wonder why we have these exceptions to our immigration laws around the world, now you understand a little bit better. Please consider all this.