A Permanent Solution to Refugee Problem of Europe and USA
Presently the immigration issues are back in central focus with a ship carrying some six hundred refugees being turned away from Italian shores and finding refuge in Spain, while on American borders the world is horrified in seeing children being torn away from parents, some babies, while their parents are sent to private prisons. While solutions to these issues will be debated and discussed endlessly just as they have been for the past several years, some temporary solutions found, as presently for the ship in Spain, the problem shall continue until its root cause is dealt with. The present note is about these root causes and the solution.
First, the refugee influx into Europe, it arises from instabilities and violence in Middle East and Africa. It will stop effectively when this turmoil stops to conditions as prevailed before WWII in these countries when relative peace prevailed. At the center of the Middle Eastern Crisis is the Israel-Palestinian problem. Around it are problems created later by interventions from Libya to Afghanistan. If Europe works towards solving these issues then peace shall return to these regions and the refugee outflow stop. Should Europe do this? It sure should since it has contributed to creating these problems. They have been helped by Australia and USA in this problem creation but it is not these latter countries that are facing the refugee problem from these regions. Hence it is Europe that shall have to take the lead in solving this issue. The sooner it does it, the better it will be for its future.
Second the problem of a refugee influx into US from Central America. The way to solve this is for US to work actively to end violence and crime in those countries and that implies ending the failed drug war. It implies legalizing drugs and using the spending presently on drug wars to educate and rehabilitate people. Even if some people still die from drug abuse it shall be far less than deaths from drug violence now and far more peaceful. This will need active work by US because it seems the bureaucracy, police and governments of these countries now have a vested interest in keeping the drug war going, They get a share of the profits. Should US do it? For sure it should since it is at US instigation these drug wars started in the first place.
The two solutions as stated in this brief post are the permanent solution to the refugee problem Will they take place? Unlikely, because Europe and US is run by democratic politicians and most of them look at their bank accounts before peace in the world perhaps.