This isn’t a refugee crisis, it’s a policy crisis [The New Arab]

Europe has completely mismanaged its relative ‘migration crisis’, and created an actual crisis in its wake.

First published in The New Arab on 11 November 2016:

It’s been two weeks since the notorious refugee camp in Calais was cleared.

Thousands residing there hoping to make it to the UK, were bussed to alternative centres throughout France. But far from the safe and more stable accommodation authorities claimed this would provide them, many have gone into hiding and others have taken to the streets.

One week later news emerged of more drownings off the Libyan coast making the total number of deaths in the Mediterranean Sea this year around 4,220, a number that has been steadily increasing.

These passing news reports are brief highlights of a continuing “crisis” – so-labelled two years ago. But if the unprecedented flow of migration to Europe was seen as a crisis then, what do we call the humanitarian fall-out and needless death that has followed?

The hard truth is that Europe has completely mismanaged its relativecrisis, and created an actual crisis in its wake.

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