IMMIGRATION & THE COLOGNE SEX ATTACKS

Germany, along with the rest of Europe, has been on the wrong end of a large scale immigration problem over the last few years. The “sex attacks” on women in Cologne have put the spotlight back on the immigration crisis since it has been reported that most of the perpetrators were of North African and Arab origin. This has given the far right parties in Germany an opportunity to tear into Angela Merkel’s liberal immigration policies

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An increasing number of people in Germany are beginning to feel upset about the way in which Merkel’s administration has tackled the immigration problem. While some countries in Europe, such as Hungary, have made it fairly evident that refugees are not welcome, Germany has accepted over one million refugees in the last year. It is the most sought after destination among the refugees fleeing war and persecution in the Middle East and Africa, among other regions.

Human rights activists and sympathizers will have you believe that Germany is doing no more than it ought to. They believe that it is Germany’s moral responsibility to help these refugees. I don’t agree though. Sure, for me to sit here in a comfortable café in New Delhi and say this, while sipping a cup of hot cappuccino, is easy. I might have felt very differently had I been one among those refugees. However, I would still say that large scale migration to Europe, or any other country for that matter, is just not a viable solution in the long run.

Political instability, terrorism, poverty and other problems in the Middle East and Africa are forcing people to stake their lives and travel to Europe in make-shift boats in search of a better life. Is this a long term solution though? Can we allow the creation of a lop-sided world wherein a few countries are over flowing with an ever increasing population, while other countries are sparsely populated and ruled by a few power hungry maniacs? Instead of accepting migrants in huge numbers or playing ping-pong with them, as some countries are doing, European countries must come together and stop this problem at its root. They must do whatever they can to help bring the problems in “MEA” to an end so that people don’t feel a need to migrate to Europe. The “powers that be” must work together to bring an end to the turmoil in Syria, Yemen and Africa. It’s easier said than done though.

Europe should not have to suffer for the failing of other countries as nation-states. Generally, European countries live in harmonious prosperity (relatively). Why should that become a curse for them? What transpired in Cologne on New Year’s Eve can’t be attributed to migrants alone. However, no one can deny their significant involvement in the despicable incident. Some say that migrants must be given time to settle down in Germany so that they can understand what standard of behavior is appropriate and what is not. I say that if someone needs to be made to understand that he can’t go around groping and molesting women, then he has no place in society, period. Merkel says that immigrants that are found guilty of their involvement in the Cologne incident should be promptly deported (I am paraphrasing here). However, I say that deportation is much too lenient a punishment for such people. No country in the world needs scum bags like them.