Global flows are currently in a state of a rich dynamic, and require analysis at much higher levels than ever before. Government mandate and social fear both contribute strongly to these flows, and have resulted in regionalism, and the creation of borders at regional levels. Regionalism can be described as a reflexive stance to transnationalism, while also the allowance of national bodies to expand the mobility of their commodities and its people. This column thus invites work on regionalism, to discuss these issues and other pertinent factors.
The terms of a new EU refugee deal stipulate that refugees and other “irregular migrants” arriving in Greece will be shipped to Turkey. This can be viewed both positively and negatively, depending on which side is taken, with two sides well divided on the argument.
From a positive perspective, refugee crises globally have now become such that refugees require immediate and urgent assistance, for political, demographic, health, economic, and other motives. As partner countries, and as advocates of global peace, a range of countries should act to alleviate the refugee stress, and hence accommodate these refugees in appropriate and very humane ways. Furthermore, appropriate ways of benefiting from the refugee movements can be developed, as this large population presents a human resource appropriate for mobilizing industry and economy.
Despite that these countries prepare to absorb the large numbers of refugees, the drain and inappropriate management of these groups can well damage the battered economics and societies, this rendering the situation detrimental to future assistance to these refugees. More so, due to the EU’s current struggling climate, the limited resource that some European countries have can be directed to strengthening the EU, rather than the refugee populations. Yet, a large influx of refugees, at present can prevent this, leaving the EU in a lowered state of economic sovereignty.
The decision to shift refugees from Greece to Turkey, while benefiting Europe, can place these refugees in difficulty. In exchange for accepting refugees, Turkey will receive monetary compensation, and will not lose nothing: For every refugee from Greece, Turkey deports one Syrian to Syria.