Tuesday 6 December 2016

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

Published 13/08/2015 | 02:30

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

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.

  • Go To

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.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice