tv Close up - The Limits of Europe - The EU and the Refugee Crisis Deutsche Welle January 8, 2018 8:15pm-8:46pm CET
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whole d w one out. for in so his global insights the news out for local bureaus. d.w. made for mines. talked about in twenty seven more than one hundred fifty thousand refugees and migrants crossed into europe mostly vod and mediterranean to italy but the greek islands also saw new arrivals. were prepared for anything nothing's changed. three thousand people died trying to make it the others ended up in so cold reception. we feel like animals are not human. it's an increase cannot
cope with the influx of refugees. at a loss. it's feet that is no notion this is a joint european responsibility doesn't opihi you shouldn't provide cash it needs internal structures instead the e.u. is making controversial deals with third party states like you in the heads of government are trying to seal off the european union to stop if possible any refugees reaching the e.u. one europe is divided over how to deal with the crisis now force us to the idea of solidarity remains a difficult issue as to why can't the e.u. get the refugee crisis under control. on the greek island of samar side join frank rockety and his team from the german federal police have been patrolling the waters between greece and turkey for the
european border agency frontex and when it comes to it saving lives. here. what are you expecting when you set off fifteen and we're prepared for anything this is nothing's changed here the still people smuggling and migrant boats arriving as we see it all. frank rockety switches off the light so people smugglers can spot his vessel the greek liaison officer is also on board a radio message comes in almost right away that. works better for her passport right. back. maybe this is a turkish coast guard with are operating close to border and picking up some migrants. with fellow we are on the way.
charlie we have to assist their soya they have a boat with migrants and need our help. p.s. saw it as a ship manned by portuguese police also working for frontex and we've just had a call to say that the portuguese patrol boat which is also part of the operation here has discovered a boat with migrants somehow the turkish coast guard is also involved we're heading over there to see what's up the portuguese of us this for assistance of the people to look at the bridge in march twenty sixth seen the turkish coast guard also boosted its presence in the waters between turkey and the greek islands to intercept refugees and migrants before they reach europe and put off others trying to follow suit but with. now this one one is going back well it's now in tokyo and yes the one moving to reach. the one where john navigation lights lit up. now the lights of the other boats have also
come into site of a start a vessel up front there are three under is the other one a migrant boat i'd say so yeah it's being lit up with i'm going to. go in front of it. electrode often a rubber crammed full of refugees has reached greek waters there also children of all the police are trying to avert a disaster but the refugees surrounded by police boats become panic stricken down waiting essent course for the treacherous cliffs. card you know holding up their children. if it's hard to dangerous for them to land. they're not stopping. for those that their mother tell them where germany yes they should stop the boat it's that simple. because i know what it is i should start you'll be going on i mean. for the refugees it's hard to
tell exactly which coast guard they dealing with. they won't stop but they're in danger as they come to the cliffs. that you're caught. off and. we want to let you know we are from green. dot lost your heart. not. enough to stop it's getting too shallow. many refugees cops wind and they can't see the cliffs in the dark the police officers don't understand what shouting. but what happens when they when they are. on the rocks and saying bark ok we're just going and watch them you know i cannot go any closer to the goals and i was always kind of this well also so watch on t.v.
we have we have to watch them and. otherwise we have to do it first cliff rescue operation if there are some of them in the water. there's a harbor entrance yet although i hope it's a harbor you know what they're like. so this is a hotel or something like this. we have just so take care of them that they don't jump into the water. the refugees reach europe via a hotel beach terrace. doesn't that sheer madness. they thought we were going to grab them and drag them back to turkey looking you took i don't know who tells them such nonsense and they believe it to get putting their lives in danger. just something that boat another climbing up there in storming the hotel still got in the. we've lit
up their cars with searchlights so that they can land safely and no one dies in the process but now the boat has disappeared and the people to pick we've just radioed our colleagues from the frontex land border patrol and. we've told them to pick up the people and bring them to safety. or is it going to be quick going. on normal because this is really necessary. for now the refugees journey has ended in a camp near some os town and the e.u. pressure greece has created so-called hot spots on the islands to process new arrivals this is where the asylum applications are a sassed. in march twenty sixth dean turkey and the e.u. signed a controversial deal according to which ankara agreed to take back anyone who had managed to cross into europe from turkey it's led to a significant drop in newcomers the number of new arrivals fell from over two
hundred thousand in october twenty fifteen to under two thousand in march twenty seventeen but since july they've been on the rise again. this camp was intended to accommodate eight hundred but by late september twenty seventeen it housed two thousand four hundred we are refused access no one here wants the film teams to record the chaos down of the harbor i meet refugees who complain about conditions in the camp. and a second in our situation is difficult down here we see how good life can be but up there it's like a prison. we feel like wild animals not humans we should come and see the children freeze at night and we can't get any blankets for them while. the tiny tents don't protect us from the sun in the cold at night there are four of us showing a blanket. and there's often no water but. the un
refugee agency confirm that blankets are not being properly distributed and that water supplies are frequently interrupted for hours aid workers are concerned about outbreaks of infectious diseases the photographs the camp well as give me show families with small children also living in tents and makeshift shelters in twenty fifteen the e.u. pledged to help greece and italy. the plan was to redistribute some ninety eight thousand asylum seekers among other e.u. member states but well under a third of that number had actually been relocated by autumn twenty seventeen the greeks feel let down and have barely drawn on extra e.u. funds to expand the camps and improve conditions most greek islanders opposed bigger and more permanent facilities they don't see why they should shoulder the e.u.'s refugee problem alone his local man no longer believes the relocation system will be implemented. the islands of the north indian cannot stand anymore to have
hotspots because accommodation fastbreak which is a condition said all of these doctors administration. guard policeman i think that some member states are covered or marks behind the situation and not accepting if you g.'s not fulfilling their grim and that will sign. a strain just over a kilometer wide separates the greek island some hours from turkey in twenty sixteen the turkish coast guard intercepted almost forty thousand refugees and took them back to turkey part of a deal between brussels and ankara i want to find out how refugees are being treated in turkish camps. i'm given access to a facility that chancellor merkel visited a model camp funded by the e.u. but i'm not allowed to speak freely to the refugees instead the turkish authorities
introduced me to a syrian couple who have been living here in container accommodation with their three children for the last five years so. i used to work in construction or syria as an electrician and there's a lot of building going on in turkey at the moment have also found work as an electrician here. and we have a good life air we have everything we need. we're not lacking anything that's a school in a kindergarten for our children. brussels has promised to transfer total of six billion euros to turkey to help the three point five million refugees there as well as money europe is offered in exchange deal turkey takes back any asylum seekers who get to greece in return for each syrian return to turkey europe has promised to accept an additional syrian from turkey however by autumn twenty seventeen the e.u. had officially resettled some eleven thousand people from turkey while only two hundred sixteen had been sent back and greece saw twenty one thousand new arrivals
. human rights organizations continue to oppose the return of asylum seekers and refugees to a country where they say they can't be given effective protection but in late september the greek supreme court upheld a ruling that turkey was a safe country allowing forcible returns activists say that this is a breach of their right to apply for asylum in the e.u. the deal only creates losers as turkish professor of medicine chairman tatty who helps refugees wanting to leave turkey. believe the deal between the e.u. and turkey has turned turkey into an open prison which under ten percent of refugees are housed in camps. most refugee children don't attend school and that hinders women from integrating into society. most adults in fact they don't speak any turkish at all. if they do find
a job most don't have any kind of legal protection pension rights or insurance is that more than they are quite simply being exploited. children. until twenty sixteen you arrivals and people smugglers met openly in the bassman a district of izmir. since the e.u. turkey deal this is the end of the line for thousands of syrians. adnan chad has sent his family were stranded here after fleeing the war in syria a family of five now live in an old shack. welcome to our home. this is where we sneak if tend the couch into three beds the others sleep on the fuel and use the cushions that's their mattress. we live in a small apartment it's the will of allah and that is active. their son tomorrow also lives here like the rest of the family he was traumatized
by the war and fears he was the victim of a poison gas attack. i don't work here or sit around because i've got a bad hand. of them naughty did you go to the doctors. yes but i only have a paper id i don't have a proper id card the doctor told me that i had to wait until i had one otherwise he wouldn't get paid honest. but no one can tell jamal when his documents when i arrive at least his sister cafe has found a job she helps out in a clothing factory. in some soup of telstra no one is supporting honestly i can't do it alone. well as soon as my son is old enough to find him a job he'll have to help for me it's already clear that my someone go to school and
he'll work as soon as he's a bit older told this to. the him since no matter how much my daughter works she can't earn enough to support us all. she shows me just how many tablets her husband has to take. we want to go to another country where the boy and his father will get treatment for. the e.u. turkey deal was intended to provide a breathing space so long term solutions could be found but in turkey the agreement to spark despair among refugees and in greece has sparked anger and chaos. the german government's plan was largely the brainchild of think tank founder get out klaus. that's ashdown. the most astonishing thing about this crisis from the outset was held orton to european institutions panicked and made pledges only as a result of pressure from the public and extremely high statistics or. just one it
looked like the crisis might be under control again in the interest in solving concrete problems seem to start winning again in the moment. the problem is that we currently have in principle an unreformed only with sila might and border system that we now have an evil border and coast guard agency but we still lack the ability to quickly process asylum applications and we have the dublin system which basically means that everyone who arrives in greece has to stay there and that provides little incentive for the greek authorities to improve the conditions for refugees and if you think it's a focus on your interior ministers have been squabbling over reforms to the dublin regulation for well over a year now it's stipulates that the e.u. state on which asylum seekers first set foot has to process their asylum claims at the e.u. interior ministers conference in october i asked the german interior minister why asylum seekers are not being relocated to all member states.
but i know you are trying to negotiate a new asylum system for over a year why the lack of progress now to force us to solidarity continues to be a tricky issue and it's important that the refugees who are allocated to us. certain european states don't simply move to another country because the conditions might be better in the tri color that secondary migration and we have to make more headway there and that's the form i still aim to wrap things up as soon as possible one of the heads of government have given us until the end of twenty seventeen to make headway. have some and we're also striving for that but substance is more important than speech. good to get all fortunately about but instead of cast your feet on the greek islands why is she doing anything and this is the next and of all that's primarily a job for the greek authorities and if greece needs support they'll get it off and . everyone just shifts the blame on to the others against the e.u.
commissioner for migration dimitri's arm up or less provided european interior ministers with proposals on how to reform the common asylum system back in twenty sixteen the idea is to redistribute asylum seekers across all member states but the greek e.u. official was unable to push through this pan-european solution and his country is unable to cope alone i mean by the situation of refugees on the greek island is horrible again mr demme is yes that this is a problem of greece if you are right it is true to say that the minister of migration folders the boarding increase of arrivals doing the last two weeks. remembers. what's happening in italy so. we want support we want to help. the present so that when to go it willing
to contribute to finding a solution because the egotistic used to do continue. as it is happening last for one year in the hope so politicians are still clinging to the deal with ankara does that mean it should serve as a blueprint for agreements with other third party states. italy summer twenty seventeen the german frigate mecklenburg for common made an unscheduled stop in the sicilian town of our on board refugees from libya rescued by the german armed forces whose real mission it is to arrest people smugglers instead they've come across the most vulnerable people of all children. and. they're almost one hundred men from we only have five women with us and just over fifty children who are traveling alone on the fast forward to your line of ice
fifty unaccompanied minors yes if that is that in your experience or is it normal to find so many children who are traveling alone in the water i thought of you. it was one in principle it's something you can expect to encounter. but i have to say that these children are always passed along from one adult to the next but they don't have any proper relatives or parents with them and east of the eyes of a bike they have to deal with the migrant problem alone italy approached libya's un recognized government and offered to help it build up a coast guard which would return migrants to libyan soil could lead to a drop in new arrivals. to me over recent months and years we've seen the situation here change with every season. it's very dynamic we know we cannot depend on the scituate. remaining stable. today we're expecting a lot of refugees and over the last few days seven hundred people were picked up by
the libyan coast guard and returned to libya. to either jordan they come from senegal chad congo nigeria and ivory coast very few have a realistic chance of being granted asylum nonetheless most will remain in italy for a long time many don't have passports making deportation practically impossible. some seventy five percent of all migrants and refugees arriving in the e.u. in twenty seventeen came to italy via libya and this is syrian city of palermo i meet a group of refugees from somalia they are relieved to have escaped the horrors of libya what experience did you make in libya for me. the bad time for my life in the thousands before i mean somebody in those war. days killing for if we did a some like that but there's no one who could lobby you and i stood for you for a minute if you know you were doing what out with the genesee just
like nancy and sometimes doing if you don't before them and. the you has banked italy's initiative to help libya intercept the refugees but while the situation in italy has eased chaos and despair have increased in north africa. sicily his biggest refugee camp carminow now has spare capacity. palermo's man has frequently stood up for the rights of refugees in the past. he blames the agreement with libya on european ignorance. a little but they have a sort of europe have to show solidarity with you and if it isn't about solid hours i thought i'd ask myself what europe stands for if the e.u.
doesn't define itself through the recognition of human rights is one of the then it's just a financial union. and it's just a financial union i donated a pretty thought i'd rather expel states from the e.u. that don't respect the rights of migrants and send migrants away is that if you notice but we did it when you got. in june twenty seventh team a u.n. report once again highlighted the fact that migrants were being subject to grave human rights abuses in libya including executions torture deprivation of food and water and in slave want. nonetheless italy continues to pursue the agreement with libya and even got backing from the european heads of state and government they met with opposition from some members of the european parliament who wanted an internal european solution for the problem i spoke to the co-chair of the greens in the european parliament scott keller and asked her the reason for this approach. the
stats and like you assess the heads of state and government are trying to see a lot of the european union to stop any refugees getting in on its dressed up as tackling the root causes of the problem but the refugees still exist they just don't get as far as your opponents but end up stranded in lebanon or turkey or wherever the e.u. are working with third party states to prevent them from getting here. the real crisis began in twenty fifteen and still nothing has happened what's your view on that and us at the heart just voted in favor of a report that proposes a radical rethink the parliament is calling for a fair redistribution of refugees across all member states all member states have to take part and of course it's very important to consider existing family ties for example to help with integration. i decree and cut the parliament has decided but why have no resolutions been passed that as the answer you've clearly got
a massive problem in the national seats of government european migration policy is languishing because member states aren't prepared to work together and show solidarity with one another and with the refugees with people seeking protection to fifteen as mature and mention. decisive action is needed from european heads of government to forge a new e.u. migration policy they've been looking for solutions for well over a year but countries like poland and hungary still refuse to accept asylum seekers from italy or greece so euro skeptic governments are calling the shots in brussels . at the e.u. used erector a general for migration and home affairs civil servants are quietly working behind the scenes seeking solutions that all member states can agree to what's the main sticking point i ask the head of the directorate materials we tell. them is here and we have to make sure that those who are really in need of protection get that
protection so that's the second thing that all migrants who have no right to stay in europe with a star deported you know. so we could feel it but thirdly that we exploit the great possibilities of posting illegal migration got so on the first or isn't there a danger that precisely those countries who haven't shown solidarity in the past will determine the pace of migration policy based on this of miss from. that's why as far solidarity goes it will probably have to build compromise as so that ideally all or at least the great number of member states will be able to agree to them as olds and and if the currently it's like trying to align a rubik's cube i think that we've now got all the pieces lined up and ready to turn in the right direction. but we need the right backing from our bosses and. the thing working when for all those shifts because that's. if you haven't got that
we don't have it for most of them but i'd like to get it from a few others guns going off on partner. at the meeting in brussels on october twenty seventh team the big question of how europe should deal with refugees in the future remains unanswered heads of government were only able to agree on short term assistance for example in supporting italy's deal with libya the president of the e.u. council justified the slim pickings because of europe's need to remain united. you have to ask this question about migration and to help manage the filter let the you know the. prime minister didn't the last straw. for. tory at this early leaders decided to come back to the issue of doubling the reform. with
a view of the region. in the first half of twenty eight and i would like to state very clearly that. if. the go the end of european. growth in fact our most important. blocked by national interests the e.u. is unable to make headway instead it has postponed a decision once again and refugees are paying the price. the fast pace of life in the digital nora shift has the lowdown on the web showing
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