Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience. 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, “A Nation of Immigrants”, 1958

 

The long-brewing Civil War in Syria that blasted out to engender a mass movement of refugees in 2015 has created a long trajectory of migrants from Turkey to Greece and then on to Germany, which afterward, involved new routes of flow through Northern Russia to Sweden as well. To be sure, Europe has certainly been having a long experience in dealing with the influx of migrants in the 1990s, amid the laborious times of war in the former of Yugoslavia. However, this time, the situation emerged in Europe is a bit laborious and complicated. Since the migration crisis following the inception of the Syrian armed conflict, Europe has been stuck between a rock and a hard place. The EU faces a clashing situation in which its legal duties and the human rights values it incarnates call for openness and tolerance on the one hand, while European citizens insist on greater migration precincts and anti-migration feelings on the other. The lasting armed battles in the Middle East and particularly, in Syria clashed out in 2015 caused the mass flow of migrants and refugees have brought out the radical changes to the minds of Europeans regarding the meaning of “migration”. Nowadays, compared to previous years like in the 1990s, the term of “migration” means terrorism, chaos, cultural-counter revolution, Islamophobia rather than economic development, remittances, exchange of ideas, and diversity in Europe… 

 

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About the author:

Nargiz Hajiyeva is an independent researcher from Azerbaijan. She graduated from the Vytautas Magnus University and Institute D'etudes de Politique de Grenoble, Sciences Po, having received her bachelor degree with distinction from Baku State University earlier. Her main research fields cover international security, foreign policy, energy security, cultural and political history, global political economy and international public law.