Nikita Lalwani and Sam Winter-Levy in their article “Europe’s asylum system serves neither the refugees nor the countries. Here’s a new way of thinking about it.” talk about matching refugees and countries.
“Two Oxford academics, Will Jones and Alexander Teytelboym, believe they have found a way to inject more choice into the process: using a system known as “matching markets,” whereby an algorithm would attempt to match a refugee’s preference with that of a particular country or city,” writes the article. And here are two excerpts from the two academics:
Will Jones: The short reason that it’s more efficient is that it’s more efficient to actually ask people what they want, rather than to work out, through a long, bureaucratic process, what’s best for them — to let their preferences, rather than our guesses about their preferences, be decisive.
Alexander Teytelboym: Let’s say every refugee wants to go to Germany. Germany can’t take all of them, obviously, and so inevitably some will be turned down. What will happen then is that we’d try to satisfy the refugee’s second choice. Now this is exactly why you may want to ask refugees about where they want to go. Even if you guess that every refugee wants to go to Germany, and you might be right, you would really struggle to name their second choice. At the moment, 90 percent of the refugees coming into Europe want to go to Germany, and about 10 percent want to go to Sweden — this is their stated preference in Greece, when they come in. But once we go down to second, third and fourth preferences, which could, in principle, be the only ones that are satisfied, we really have no idea, which is why we should just ask them.
Okay, good but why don't we just let refugees/migrants find their own way? Why don't we let them try and find the place they feel best in to settle?
Seriously... Wouldn't it be much more logical if you gave people the freedom of movement so that they could decide where they would go, if they would stay or if they would move elsewhere or even if they'd go back where they came from.
Migration Researcher, Professor of Sociology Hein de Haas says, in the past, when Moroccans did not need a visa, they would go to Spain for seasonal work and then go back home. After all, home is home. But after visas were introduced in the early 1990's, people stayed put instead of returning home. Makes sense; if you invest in something so much, you cannot risk losing it as the risks are high, you might not be getting it back again. Instead of looking for better options you stick to it even if it's not so great, even if you'd rather be doing something else elsewhere.
Someone on a forum had told me “It would help if migrants had a plan to completely pay for themselves from day one without hitting the European taxpayers and not get here and immediately say I need.”
I said “Yes! Sure it would help. But don't you think that it would help, in the first place, not to force them to use up all their money on human smugglers, wasting time and exhausting themselves trying to cross borders just to get somewhere? If we, that is governments removed the visa requirements, these people could just get on a plane for a couple of hundred bucks and have money in their pockets to pay for their expenses, have the energy to contribute to society etc. What's more, if visas were lifted, only one person from a family could do the journey to have a look first. The rest of the family could stay behind “tranquil” (as tranquil as you can be in a warzone that is) in the knowledge that they could get on a plane and escape anytime.”
Someone else mentioned a documentary shown on French TV that told the story of the 30 year-old Samir from Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan and his family's journey. Samir sold all his belongings, borrowed money and they worked their way through Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, reaching Germany. He used up 30.000 Euros to do this “trip”!
I quote what happened when they reached Germany: “Samir was well looked after by the authorities in Germany but realised that finding his way in this totally foreign environment would be much, much harder than he anticipated and that most of the wealth on display would remain inaccessible to him for ever.”
So he decided to return home. He was resentful. I'd say quite naturally. Who would be fine returning home in worse conditions than they've left, with so much loss and debt and being beaten around?
You know how the documentary ended?
“With Samir's wife saying to the reporter that the best thing that could happen today would be for Europe to close its borders so that people like them would no longer be tempted to invest so much in such a stupid adventure.”
I mean... If this wasn't an orchestrated ending by the director having an agenda to convey a message, it shows me how people are indoctrinated and blinded!
“Watching this, I couldn't help but think that apart from effectively closing borders, the EU would be well advised to invest money in a multi-lingual website explaining how things work when they arrive in Europe and using testimonials like this one so that fewer people are lured into leaving a poor but otherwise quite happy existence for a still poor but now miserable existence, the only beneficiaries being the people traffickers who "helped" them to make the journey,” declared the person who posted about this documentary.
Why should we be investing money for the things he says? No need. The exact same thing can be achieved with my proposal: Global lifting of visas, waiving visas. There would be no need for people to sell everything they had and borrow money and set out on an unknown, immensely challenging journey, they could just buy a ticket wherever they wanted to go. As I said, even just one person in the family could go to check the place out. S/he could assess the situation and then take due action. Think of all the money that could be saved on “our” side too, all the money saved from all the controls and blocks trying to keep people out... That could be used for a much more useful purpose.
Seriously... Let people free and let them find their own way. They will match themselves much better than anyone else can!