Another hot summer along the southern coasts of Europe and more migrations, without any kind of structural solution. Not even an incomplete solution has been proposed. As usual, we take our cue from the statistics to help us frame the debate in order to best analyze the policies.
Labour exploitation, child marriage, and unprepared authorities. That’s what happens when refugees are excluded from any form of human rights and from the human beings status. All this is documented in a Caritas report on trafficking of human beings analysing ten countries in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
Syrian crisis hit Lebanon as well. In the country one person out of three is a refugee, in a territory with only the size of Kosovo. Low salaries, high rents and the rising cost of living are the challenges faced by Lebanese and Palestinian. 25% of the Lebanese population was already under the level of poverty and since 2011 the situation deteriorated.
Europe is launching two immigration plans at the same time. On one hand EU needs to integrate migrants, and to attract them because the population is getting older, the work force will decline in the upcoming years by about 20 millions of people. On the other hand a plan to stop irregular migrations and to help migrants in their own countries is day after day urgent, the EU Commission affirms.
They run away under pressure, with children in their arms, sometimes they are even pregnant, they are victims of phisical and sexual violences, but they do all is their hands to cross the border. Isolated in the host countries, without access to jobs opportunities, trainings and languages classes. They are refugees women who run away from wars. It is the International Day for women, but there is no much to celebrate about.