In May 2015, the refugee issue will make the news again. Europe has largely open borders, but is run by independent governments. Europe is also a rich peninsula, surrounded by poverty and war zone. The consequences are easy to guess: a large flow of refugees that just started in 2014 more than 614,000 people per year amounts. The current European refugee policy is inadequate. How should it be done?
Why are so many people fleeing?
Of course, someone does not flee for fun. Because of the so-called Arab Spring, rightly described by some PVV member Wilders as an Islamist winter, bloody civil wars have broken out in once stable countries such as Libya and Syria. Millions of people are on the run. The rich pay a human trafficker to enter rich, safe Europe. The poor flee to a neighboring country or to a refugee camp in their own country. Many refugees are also in reality fortune seekers, mainly from West Africa.
Refugees in overcrowded boats: an increasingly common scene, often fatal. Source: UNHCR
These refugees enter through Europe's southern border, which is formed by the Mediterranean Sea. There are also land migration routes, for example via the more sparsely populated and less well-organized countries in Eastern Europe or via Turkey.
The miraculous transformation of the refugee into a European
Once the migrant is on European territory, he cannot simply be deported again. His (usually it is a he) status has now progressed from anecdote in a newspaper report to a European-to-be. The countries on the European periphery, such as Greece, Italy and Spain, are not very popular with the migrants. The northern EU countries are much richer, more generous and already have an extensive population of countrymen who have arrived. However, EU rules stipulate that a refugee must be received in the country of arrival. With migrant numbers in the hundreds of thousands per year, the reception systems of these countries are severely overburdened
How do we solve this problem?
The fundamental problem and the direct cause of this migrant flow is the difference in prosperity and the lack of security in the country of origin. The place where you were born is much more important than how hard you work, how smart you are and what talents you have. No wonder people flock to a better place. This has been happening since the dawn of humanity.
Stable states first
The obvious solution to this problem is development aid. Obviously, development aid only makes sense if there is a stable society and legal certainty. If there is a civil war, there are none. A good example is the oil state of Libya. Before the Gaddafi regime was overthrown with Western help, this was a brutal but stable police state with a high level of prosperity comparable to Greece, for example. Libya is now largely in ruins. Libya is now a failed state with two governments fighting each other to the death, a successful affiliate of the Islamic State and numerous refugees. This is a direct result of Western intervention. Had it not taken place, Gaddafi would have brutally quashed the rebellion and would have been succeeded by his less incalculable son Saif-ul-Islam Gaddafi. A first step must therefore be: pacifying at least some of these failed states. This means unanimously supporting one party internationally until it is victorious, for example in a UN context, and then forcing it to form a united government with the subjugated opponents. Islamists do not qualify for this: they want a state in which followers of Islam have more rights than non-Muslims.
Reception in your own country
Once a safe zone has been set up in these states, or better: a stable government, the refugees can be received and housed here. For example, with the enormous budget that is now being allocated for refugee reception in Europe, a much larger number of people can be helped. Each EU member must contribute to this with a fixed percentage of the GNP.
In principle, four things are needed to create prosperity. 1. Atoms.
2. Free energy.
3. Work: using this energy to stick these atoms together correctly.
4. Freedom: The ability to perform this productive work without the interference of a third party, such as a corrupt government agency, a busload of malicious patent attorneys, or a local mob boss.
The number of atoms per inhabitant in poor countries is overwhelmingly large, generally much greater than, for example, in the Netherlands. These atoms are also completely identical to the atoms in rich countries. The amount of free energy is also enormous. Per square meter in a desert country, one kilowatt hour or more of solar energy per day comes down. In short: the reason that there is no prosperity is not due to atoms or energy but to point 3: work and point 4: lack of freedom. The abundant atoms and energy are not harvested and converted into houses, bicycles and food, for example, but wasted or robbed by richer countries.
There must be exponential techniques that can harvest atoms and energy and transform them into useful things that will benefit humanity as a whole. The good news is, more and more of these techniques are coming. As a reader of Visionair, are you technically gifted, or do you have a good idea, then help develop these machines and techniques. We hope to be able to offer tools for this soon.
Return happiness seekers; entrance examination
A selective immigration policy solves the fortune-seeker problem. At the moment there is a great shortage of technical people in the Netherlands and other richer EU countries. If entrance exams are introduced, fortune seekers with sufficient education and talent can be admitted on a temporary basis, for example for five or ten years. The human smuggling industry is thus disappearing; it is more rewarding to invest in a good education than to take a dangerous boat trip. Anyone who then returns to Europe illegally can be housed in a refugee camp outside Europe, preferably in North Africa. For this, a piece of land from a North African country can be rented for a fair amount. Research labs must then be housed here, where these people will help develop and improve exponential prosperity-enhancing techniques.