The first quarter of 2015 has been marked by disasters in the Mediterranean Sea. Several vessels carrying migrants looking for a better future sunk with barely any survivors. The standard policy response to these crises over the years from the EU and its member states has been to strengthen border controls. Once more, the European Union’s state leaders have rushed to take action, and the 10 point plan of the EU to deal with the crisis focuses AGAIN primarily on stepping up border security, while little or no attention is given to the root and actual causes of migration such as political and humanitarian crises, poverty and inequality.
We share the indignation of European leaders regarding the latest disaster in the Mediterranean; however, we sincerely hope that they will have the same indignation when analyzing their economic policies towards developing countries. Read more