UK prime minister Theresa May will address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. She seeks UN Action to Control Mass Migration Flows.
In contrast, I propose a 10-point “common sense” solution, not UN action.
Let’s start with May’s proposal.
Theresa May will use her first appearance as British prime minister at a United Nations General Assembly meeting starting Monday to urge fellow leaders to do more to control mass migration, which she’ll argue hurts both refugees and the countries they enter.
May will say the migrants should be encouraged to claim asylum in the first safe country they reach.
Meanwhile the EU’s open internal borders have allowed large population flows, with many Eastern Europeans traveling to richer countries in search of a better life. It was partly resentment at this that led Britain to vote to leave the EU in June. May will call for a better distinction between these two groups.
“This is an urgent matter — more people are displaced than at any point in modern history and it is vital that we provide ongoing support for those people most in need of protection,” May said in a statement released by her office. “While we must continue our efforts to end conflict, stop persecution and the abuse of human rights, I believe we also need a new, more effective global approach to manage migration.”
What the hell can the UN do?
The answer, of course, is nothing. And asking a political body that cannot possibly do anything useful to solve a problem is like hoping a wish-granting magic genie will pop out of the bottle.
Some readers may be thinking “stop criticizing and offer a solution”. Fair enough.
1. Don’t start wars. This especially applies to the US.
2. Don’t nation build. This especially applies to the US.
3. Don’t interfere in the internal politics of other nations. Universal
4. Don’t welcome refugees with open arms. This especially applies to the EU
5. Don’t pay bribes to halt refugee flows. This especially applies to the EU.
6. Don’t demand other countries accept refugees they do not want. This especially applies to the EU.
7. Don’t criticize other countries for controlling their borders. This especially applies to the EU.
8. Do recognize the difference between economic refugees and political refugees. Universal
9. Do be willing to accept Australian-style solutions of forcibly stopping refugees from entering a country. Universal
10. Do Recognize a nation’s first priority must be the safety and welfare of its own citizens. Universal
If point 6 had been followed, Brexit would never have happened.
Instead of seeking UN action, how about a little common sense?