The EU always emphasizes the common European values of the Enlightenment, such as human dignity, human rights and democracy. Nowhere else is there a better opportunity for the Union to demonstrate the importance of these values than with the way in which it handles immigration, especially the refugees escaping wars and persecution in the Middle East and Africa, as well as the free movement of its own citizens within the EU.
Member countries do not agree on immigration policies at all, because of the different point of departure, interests and experiences made during the past decades. Numerous social and economic issues are involved, e.g. concerning integration, unemployment, the misuse of social security and the encumbrance of infrastructure in the countries of immigration, but also with respect to the loss of many skilled people in the countries of emigration (in and outside Europe), which weakens their much needed economic and social development.
The refugee crisis is threatening the existence of the EU. The trenches are deep between the welcoming culture of Germany (at least at the beginning) and the fierce resistance of Eastern European countries, the EU's decisions to establish a common asylum policy with compelling refugee quota per country, the protection of the external borders and the reduction of the flow of refugees by supporting the countries of their origin and transit, on the one hand, and the effective actions of the member states and the demands of the EU opponents to recover the national sovereignty, on the other. If the EU's refugee policy fails, the EU might fail.
What kind of policy should the EU pursue in your opinion regarding refugees and asylum? You are invited to vote and to give your opinion with the questionnaire:
How, in your opinion, should the EU deal with the free movement of persons (questionnaire)? You are invited to choose one of the following positions:
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