This article was written by Juan Carlos Lorenzo, from Avanzado 2.
Europe is living a dreadful tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea caused by the irregular immigration that shakes its stability as a political body and our consciousness as society. Only in the first four-month period of 2015, more than 1.500 of 31.500 people have died trying to cross the sea from North Africa to Southern European countries. The last year 3.500 of 219.000 people suffered the same fated end; obviously the situation has deteriorated severely.
Behind each figure there is a personal story that relies on the simplistic view of the undocumented immigrant. So it is announced by Frontex that almost three-quarter of them are potentially asylum seekers, people persecuted for their race, religion, nationality, belonging to a social group, political interests or victims of armed conflicts and impoverishment situations. In other words, it is a problem of human rights violation, unfairness and inequality.
Unfortunately, Europe should not be considered as the guarantor of values and rights as one used to believe a long time ago. Step by step, it has turned into a position focused on itself. Thomas Hobbes was probably right, “Man is wolf to man”.
The future looks bleak because the member states of the European Union are more worried about fighting against human trafficking or safeguarding their borders than saving people or taking measures to avoid forced displacements.
Europe faces an unprecedented challenge and it will only be able to resolve it if it acts with a common responsibility. The situation is unsustainable and some decisions need to be taken not only in the short-term, in order to beat the indifference, save lives and manage more flexible and humanitarian migration policies; but mainly in the long-term promoting better living conditions in impoverished countries.