The uncontrolled mass immigration to Europe in 2015 and 2016 has created a persistent untenable situation: Rejected asylum seekers who in practice remain in Europe, where they constitute economic, social and security problems. One of the reasons is that several of the home countries of rejected asylum seekers do not cooperate to return their own citizens.
Austria's Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, who previously has advocated for forcing migrants' boats in the Mediterranean back to Africa, and that asylum seekers should be held on islands rather than be given direct access to the mainland on the European continent, is now tired of the situation. To German Der Spiegel, he says that more drastic measures are now required against these countries: Countries that refuse to take back their own nationals, will after the Austrian government's plans get noticeably less development aid in the future.
"Many of these countries have no interest in that we send their citizens back," said the Christian-social ÖVP politician to Der Spiegel. Money from migrants in Europe sent to their home countries, is an important economic factor, says Kurz.
The EU must therefore act in accordance with the "less for less" principle, ie: Those who do not cooperate, will get correspondingly less. With Kurz' own words: "Countries that are not ready to take back their own nationals should receive fewer funds for development aid. The threat should cause a massive reassessment," says Kurz.
A European foreign minister who does something so unheard of as to put his country's interests first, and does so by going for tough measures. It is high time for others to do the same.
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