Saturday 29 April 2017

It's time to abandon Fortress Europe and recognise the desperate plight of migrants

A Sudanese migrant in Calais, France. Pic: Mark Condren
A Sudanese migrant in Calais, France. Pic: Mark Condren
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

Plan A: build an electric fence around Europe's perimeters, with lethal voltages running through it, and hire disposal staff to deal with the dead bodies of the multitudes who tried to scale the barricade.

Plan B: devise a humane strategy. One that doesn't play to lowest-common-denominator scaremongering, such as 'Europe is on the brink of being overrun and soon there'll be no Europeans left'.

While you're considering which plan to proceed with, we might try assigning the correct names to situations. Because public opinion is being shaped in ugly ways designed to fan prejudice during the current discourse.

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