Last week I wrote about the position of European Union countries in dealing with the issue of Syrian refugees at a time when Gulf states have reservations on opening all doors for security reasons and possible infiltration of terrorist elements. The article provoked a lot of controversy and speculations over the EU’s future.
The question is whether the European Union’s decision to open doors to Syrian refugees is enough? Will the flow of Syrian refugees change the EU map and perhaps European policies? The EU’s decision to welcome all Syrians refugees is not enough to end the basic problem that caused to take out all these people from their homeland forever, never to return. We now know the humanitarian situation of the EU countries, but what about the political situation!? The pressure imposed on the world’s semi-unified stance in providing shelter to these millions of refugees should not be crippled by providing a clear and specific stand on the Syrian crisis.
Because if the crisis remains, it will mean that the flow of migrants will escalate. The EU countries today face a great challenge at all levels in dealing with the issue of Syrian refugees that might change the map of the world. I could not agree more.
The German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated that “such a challenge cannot be shouldered by a single nation to succeed… it will be up to European solidarity.” Yes, the German position, which was expressed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was exceptional in hosting all Syrian refugees, but it will not be possible to avoid possible complexities.
Think about the ethnic and religious challenges that the EU will face sooner or later because of the different ethnicities of refugees away from European values and ways.
Does the EU have the tools to provide proper integration of the refugees into Western society? The British experience with Asian emigrants was not successful.
The Spanish interior minister has expressed determination to prevent the entry of militants linked to IS as refugees coming to Spain. This is an appropriate opportunity to activate intelligence work, especially given that the Spanish government has approved the proposal of the European Commission to host 149,000 refugees, while some countries such as Hungary and Denmark rejected the European Parliament plan.
The Gulf states must take a share in supporting the EU to carry the burden of hosting the refugees. The EU and Gulf states must play a role in dealing seriously with this position through two dimensions: The first is that these migrants come from disturbed Middle East countries facing extremism, and the other is that the EU and Gulf states should not stand with folded arms in front of the continuation of the Syrian crisis. Now is time to use the situation to seek a common position by finding a final solution through the Security Council, because the containment of migrants is not a solution. It will never be enough.
By Muna Al-Fuzai