Amnesty International along with the consultancy GlobalScan, recently announced the results of a global survey, which ranked countries accordingly to how welcoming they were to refugees fleeing war and persecution. The Refugees Welcome Index found that globally 80 percent of people would happily accept people fleeing war and persecution into their country, showing that most countries’ policies are out of touch with the opinion of its people.
This can certainly be said of the EU now, having extolled harsh and arbitrary measures on the thousands fleeing conflict ridden countries they are perhaps causing more mayhem than EU citizens are happy about. The starkest example of that has been its operation in the Mediterranean sea, which has had damning consequences.
One year after an unprecedented death toll of 800 migrants in the Aegan Sea, a chilling reminder that the EU has failed in its obligations to refugees once more occurred as hundreds of migrants drowned off the coast of Libya.
The horrific incident coincided with a damning and timely report that illustrates that both the EU’s actions and inactions have been the cause of deaths.