On a daily basis, hundreds of migrants try to get into Europe through different
routes-- mainly via smugglers. Most
of the migrants are struggling to find either a safe life without persecution
or have better standards of life to support their families at home. The routes and the facilitators of the
journey that they choose are the least safe options ever to exist.
Often the suggested solution focuses on ways to block the
smugglersâ€™ routes. European
authorities should identify and crack down on smugglersâ€™ networks. However, the story is not going to end
as long as migrants face onerous restrictions for getting into Europe.
People are trying the illegal routes because they mostly
have no legal way to get in. As a
result, the migrants become victims of crimes like torture and raping meted out
by smugglers and tragedies like drowning in the sea on the way.
The migrant population is divided into two different main
groups: economic migrants and asylum seekers. Economic migrants leave their home countries to work and
support their families at home like many Greeks in the other European countries
at the moment. The asylum seekers
are the ones who are running away from wars, conflict zones, persecution,
torture, and other serious threats forcing them to seek a safer life, usually
in the West.
Obviously, the asylum seekers are supposed to get benefits
that economic migrants do not. However,
it is not easy to differentiate between asylum seekers and economic migrants
because almost everybody who gets into Europe lodges an asylum application,
because it is the only chance to get a legal status. On the other hand, it has become much more difficult for the
real asylum seekers to prove their stories.
All over the world, we find westerners working or living in another country
merely because of their curiosity to explore the world. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
emphasizes that everyone has the right to move freely, leave any country and
return. So far, it has been
enforced for the citizens of western countries and the eastern families with
money, not equally for everyone.