From Despair to Prosperity on the European Immigration Crisis

The solution to the detrimental situation focused on economic and social standpoints

Article by Nicholas George Donovan Grazia

Europe is facing a major problem concerning illegal immigration inwards from Africa and the Middle East. Tensions are rising within the people of Europe as racist behaviors and xenophobic tendencies are becoming visible to the naked eye. Over the last few years illegal immigration to Europe has increased to disproportionate levels: in Italy identified illegal immigration has grown eightfold, in Greece it has doubled, and Spain has an increase of 50% since 2014. The people of Europe are scared and fed up as the immigrants are not welcomed into their country and take what is not theirs, and on top of that total degrade and squalor is brought upon train stations, city suburbs and etc due to the poor, skill-less, hungered migrant; corruption is met within the government as promises are made to solve situations and care for the migrants but instead the money made available for the problems at hand are pocketed by government officials. 

Going on in this way will result in a complete shutdown of borders when instead what ordinary people fail to understand is that Europe needs these migrants. But there must be a better way of organizing and handling this detrimental situation Europe now faces.

The solution to the problem starts with the creation of a controlled and professional immigration task force, this helps tackle the corruption dilemma that some governments have gotten themselves into as they pocket the money that is meant to be aid and assist the illegal immigrants seeking a better life therefore known as economic migrants and the refuges seeking political asylum as they flee war. The task force then would overlook and manage the project I am about to unveil.

Refugees on the Turkish border seeking political asylum from the war in Syria

Taxation in Europe is high due to the abundant benefits that are made available such as free healthcare, education, and etc. The plan to improve these benefits and also reduce taxes upon nationals is to have these illegal immigrants work for the public sector/Government in return for their citizenship after a determined period of time receiving low pay but guaranteed food and shelter, we will call this period The Walk. Immigrants will be given a choice, if they work and contribute to society by making themselves useful they will receive their citizenship, if they refuse to work then they will be sent back to their native land except refugees who will be, by law, taken care of. During The Walk, migrants will be required to learn a skill that will allow them to pursue jobs in the future, they will also be required to learn the native language and become accustomed with the culture of the country in which their in as well as European culture as a whole. At the end of The Walk, these people will be required to pass a test in which they show comprehension of the language and understanding of the customs and culture of the country in which they will receive citizenship and of Europe as well, failure of the test results in a prolonged Walk where they will continue working for the government and learn what needs to be learned.

The task force’s primary job is to create an identification process for everyone arriving into Europe “illegally”, this identification will allow the task force to have a better control upon each individual as well as giving them documentation and entering them into the system; we never know if the information each migrant and refugee give about themselves is honest, the identification process gives the migrant a fresh start as well as giving the E.U. a way to identify each individual. Since this is a E.U. problem, all E.U. member states must take action and aid each other; the task force will place the immigrants across all member states using a ratio system, meaning that the number of immigrants in a given city is determined by the population of nationals in that given city. There are many jobs E.U. citizens do not want to do, and these are the jobs that many migrants will end up picking up.

There will be an obvious and necessary divide amongst the immigrants themselves and that is the division of those who are educated and those who are not. Those who show documentation of a degree or have experience and expertise with a skill will be given work in that area during their Walk, and will continue their improving within that area; the uneducated and those with no skill will be taught a skill and educated at the same time. Children will be attending school, those who want to pursue education will be given the opportunity to do so and those who do not will be required to finish their secondary school diploma just like the citizens of Europe.

The scope is that during The Walk, these migrants give something back to society and at the same time integrate. As migrants and refugees embark on The Walk, they must also be treated as human beings and European nationals because within some time they will become citizens of the country in which they are in and most importantly E.U. citizens. Economic progress and prosperity must be a guaranteed and with this system the economy will be stable. The E.U. member states have a very low population growth rate, families are having less children and people are living longer lives; with that in mind Europe has many benefits for its people such as pensions and welfare. Europe needs a source of cash input to pay for all of this and with the population shrinking there is a need for immigration and that people get integrated within the system therefore they can pay taxes and guarantee the perpetuation of these benefits.

What Europe cannot be doing is keep these immigrants in a state of illegal status for years, integration must occur and Europe needs it to occur. Children born on European soil must receive automatic nationalization of the country in which they are born.

Task Force making first contact with the migrants/refugees on Italian waters near Lampedusa, Italia

Immigration in Europe is tangled with sector of international political economics, currently it is causing much stress and it is not going down a prosperous path. Europe has many policies it needs to change: such as the no fire policy within the public sector, and how the country on which immigrants disembark or arrive upon is the country that ultimately faces the problem… The E.U. is a collective organization where all member states must aid each other. As migrants integrate themselves into society with the management of a professional task force by giving back to society through working in the public sector and aiding the country in which they want to receive citizenship in, they also learn and better themselves… but on a bigger scale what ends up happening is that from a situation of total despair we find ourselves in a burgeoning, lucrative and opulent state of affairs concerning the immigration crisis of Europe.

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