The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has backed a Belgian decision to refuse a humanitarian visa to a Syrian family. The family of five, from Aleppo, had applied for a 90-day visa at the Belgian embassy in Lebanon, so they could later seek asylum in Belgium.
The Court rejected the Advocate General’s advice and decided that EU law did not require member states to allow visas to people whose ultimate aim is asylum.
The ruling is a significant victory for Belgian migration minister Theo Francken who has argued that EU member states alone should have the power to issue visas. Common sense had prevailed, he said. “NGOs wanted to open EU borders in embassies abroad,” but the Court had been very clear that humanitarian visas were a national competency.
Now the complaint from a researcher at the Netherlands’ Center for Migration Law at Radboud University is that it will increase trafficking in undocumented migrants.
Excuse me – increase it? Isn’t it rather hefty right now?
The full BBC News article is here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39190976
I’m sure there will be a lot of loud, unhappy noises from people who don’t understand the idea behind having secure borders to keep the Very Bad Guys out of your living room. But a huge number of undocumented ISers were recruited from the Eurozone. Some are being recruited here. Some of them may now be in Mosul still holding hostage the citizens who lived there and can’t run away – something on the order of 750,000 people. Frankly, considering the most recent events both here in the US and in Europe, and the Swedish media’s not reporting violent disruptions going on in that country, I think that any sovereign nation has the right to refuse.
This is not going to come to a tidy end, either.
Category: Illegal Immigrants