In the European Union, Germany’s aid to migrants seeking refuge is the most commendable. Germany took in a historical record of 1,500,000 refugees during the 2015/2016 years alone. This level of aid for refugees of Syrian, Iraqi, South American, African, and other origins has struck the European Union by surprise and commendably generated an uproar within many organizations for the creation of an aggressive program aimed to resolve this urgent humanitarian matter.
Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel and minister for economic affairs Brigitte Zypries have proposed a comprehensive plan for sharing the burden of the refugee crisis. Today, I intend to analyze this specific program in respect of Germany’s flexible foreign policies and migrant generosity.
The first proposition of the German program is a request for the European Union and the United Nations to establish international standards and policies for handling refugees. These standards should entail distinct criteria for refugee intake per country and to ensure immigration control is secure within Europe. The program also seeks to foster cooperation between the global members of the United Nations.
In these critical refugee crises, we need to activate a system of worldwide cooperation to ensure that humanitarian catastrophes can be averted. In the Syrian calamity, over 500,000 lives have been lost and over 11 million persons displaced internally as well as5 million displaced outside of the country. Better global coordination of refugee crises can save hundreds of thousands of lives.
The second crucial German proposition entails fair and equitable distribution between European Union nations of refugee intakes. It also should entail an EU-wide system to coordinate the refugee applications for asylum seeking or otherwise.
The third and final German proposition is a new political initiative to engage proactively in the Middle East to reduce military conflicts and to fight terrorist organizations such as ISIS that cause and foster refugee movements. This will enable reduction of refugees by addressing some of the root causes of migration.
In order for the Middle Eastern as well as global migrant crisis to subside, a step change in support for migrants and refugees at their origination point is needed. This could entail a global program to identify and quickly react to new causes of refugee migration. The need for charity and government help has never been greater.