Respectfully I have to disagree with that. You can't hold the European people accountable for anti-refugee sentiment. Whatever the reasons may be that their people need to flee from their unstable dangerous nations, the average European did not vote on every single act of foreign policy that may have contributed to it. These decisions were made by the governments and influenced by elites or other interest groups (via campaign donations or what not) that had personal stake in the outcome of such action. They never asked to screw up the middle east, so I would argue that it's not fair to make them take responsibility for the ruined lives of the refugees and claim that they have an obligation to open their neighborhoods and economy to the refugees.
Along those lines, anti-refugee sentiment is going to exist, regardless of the media's influence. A better strategy for the pro-remain to adopt would have been to acknowledge the sentiments and concerns of the native European people rather than push an agenda over them and treat them like their concerns were irrelevant because it would be considered xenophobic or racist to not do so. The feeling of being ignored was a large factor in driving brexiters to ignore pro-EU media.
In my opinion, you can't close the door to suffering human beings regardless of whether they are your responsibility or not.
And take into account that I am saying that while my country, Greece, has suffered the biggest turmoil from the emigration affair.
What should we do to halt the immigration waves? Sink the boats?
And again I am making this argument while the immigrant:native ration in Greece is 2.00.000:9.500.000^ (17,4% immigrants not counting the unrecorded who are estimated to approximately 300.000-500.000 from unregistered births, unregistered entrances and people who never ask for a green card)
^ note that these numbers aren't exclusively the result of the recent immigration wave, which only partly contributes an smaller amount of emigrants to these numbers
It is clear that a person won't leave his birthplace and put himself and his offspring in an merely floating boat just for fun.
Someone stated in a previous post and I haven't answer that. Yes islamic countries must also share the burden of emigration. We cannot expect everything to come from Europe. On the other hand chauvinism is not a good reflex at this kind of matters. I agree that the immigration relocation can't become in a rag tag way but we can't keep putting the problem under the carpet either.
The real and rather sad conclusion one can reach is that immigrants are weaponized and become a means of political games. Inside Europe we have those political forces who try to ride the wave of fear and concern in order to gain political power and Turkish government uses the immigrants to gain in a diplomatic level from Europe, in general, and from Greece, in particular. And to be more clear about this matter, the sovereignty of Greece (which is and should be considered a european union boarder if the union is what claims to be) which extends to the majority of the Aegean sea is constantly questioned. Masked behind the cooperation between countries in order to find a solution to the immigration problem the last months even islands/ boarders have been questioned (which isn't a first but anyway).
Finally, I want to state that I too have my concerns. People who are settling to Europe are in many cases of different cultural and religious background than that of many european countries including my country. I don't state this from the perspective of racism but out of concern of whether or not these people will manage to fit in. France for instance partly suffers the recent problems because, for many reasons, some people (of 3rd or 4th generation immigrants) didn't manage to fit in and view the country as their homeland. And there comes what I said about hiding the problem under the carpet. The problem came not from the first or second generation but from the 3rd and 4rth, at the point where immigrants have managed (at some rudimentary level) to solve the basic needs and started a journey of self-definition in a society that hadn't exactly managed to make the fit.
Edited by aoshi, 25 June 2016 - 04:50 AM.