Closed Door Policy

Migrant Crisis: Emergency Talks on Balkans Under Way – BBC News. (2015 October 25). Retrieved October 25, 2015, from

With the exodus in Syria, many migrants are fleeing to Eastern Europe where they hope to find asylum. This is causing a crisis in many European nations because they simply do not have the space for the influx of people. A meeting is being called to rectify this situation by preventing countries from accepting new migrants without permission from their neighboring countries. With certain countries closing their borders, it is creating a bottleneck affect and many migrants are suffering in the cold trying to wait for passage into other countries. The goal is for the European countries to work together and create a “gradual and controlled” route for the migrants to pass through.

I chose this article to tie in to the discussions because I found it interesting that some countries are more willing to help than others. There have been hundreds of thousands of migrants entering countries that don’t have means to provide for them. Some families are being let through while others are left at the border getting tear gassed and sustaining injuries. Who is to say which migrants should suffer from exclusion? This meeting described in the article will hopefully serve as a way to control the situation and get as many migrants as possible to safety in a quick and timely manner. In one of this week’s readings, “Voices from the Sea,” the author explains how a rescue effort is in place in the Mediterrarean to save refugees from Northern Africa. In just one weekend, “…more than 700 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean – but at least 49 suffocated to death in the hold of a boat” (p1).  This rescue effort is aiming to save refugees who are trying to free themselves of poverty in their home countries and who wish to seek asylum. There is no exclusion seen here. There is no one on the rescue vessels picking and choosing who will be granted the opportunity to be saved as there are at the borders in some European countries. Although it may seem like an easy solution to close the borders and rid the country of the stress from the mass influx of migrants, it is much more beneficial to everyone involved for the European nations to work together and create a more organized route so that the migrants can get to their destination instead of wasting away at the border lines.

My reaction to this piece was shock at first. Shock at how detrimental one country closing it’s borders can be to it’s surrounding countries as well as shock that these nations were coming together to try to find a soultion to this new crisis. I understand that Germany has offered to take in the most migrants so that is the final destination for most of the migrants, however it is a long trek to get there and there are many countries that need to allow passage along the way. I find the situation very sad because these countries that are opening their doors perhaps taking on more than they can handle.

8 thoughts on “Closed Door Policy

  1. pichardosaray says:

    I believe there will always be some countries that are willing to help more than others. As well as there will always be some countries that will interfere with business that they do no belong in more than others as well. I do find it interesting how some families find asylum and others are held back at the border tear gassed. What makes one family more important than another? I agree, who is to say which migrants suffer from exclusion?


  2. jml1123 says:

    Do you know of any other countries are taking in large amounts of refugee’s? because from what i read i know that Germany, Sweden And Denmark are the countries that are allowing many immigrants in. I agree this situation is extremely sad because not only are the migrants suffering the countries are also suffering. Most countries tell their police force to not allow migrants any where near an asylum embassy so they are left hopeless living on the street. On the other hand if i look at it from the countries point of view i can see that it is very difficult to take in thousands of migrants because there is no space and would cost a lot of money to set up refugee programs like the refugee convention. I hope there is a possible solution to be found in the future that will put in end to all of this suffering.


  3. anthonys90 says:

    I know that the main focus on a lot of these articles have been on the access the refugees have at getting into certain countries or being held back at others but, I had come across in one of the articles that some of the problem is starting from Syria itself. Not only because of the war but, because the embassies located in Syria are not allowing the Syrian people to access the embassies to be able to apply for asylum. This is why most seek to flee “illegally” but, in reality some or most do not have any other option but to cross without formal application to other countries.

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  4. girligirljessica says:

    A friend of mine went to Jordan this last summer for a few weeks and worked at a camp with a lot of the Refugees from Syria. I remember him telling me that when they were distributing things people were desperately taking, almost in a panic of not ever going to have anything again. He also mentioned when they were working at the check-ins they had to turn hundreds of people away every day because there were not enough supplies to help all the families. I think this is true with other countries as well, its not that they are allowing some asylum and not others I believe that most places are running low on supplies and space that they are having to take only those with papers or only those who have registered.


  5. blawrencet says:

    It is crazy that you know somebody that has seen this event first hand. I know that that could not be an easy thing to witness. I would hope that the countries are treating people fairly and not picking and choosing people who get help based on their economic standing. The article made it seem like it was less than fair.


  6. dmhiesen says:

    The migrant crisis is at such an epidemic level that I can see the need for governments of other countries to work together to find a solution. If neighboring countries would each shoulder some of the volume, less exclusion would be so violently enforced. The refugees would find more inclusion and compassion and face less danger because the neighboring countries would be participating in a cooperative plan to help. The outcome would favor the refugees because they would be successful in their quest for freedom. The outcome would also favor the neighboring countries from a financial standpoint because less resources would need to be spent defending borders.


  7. nancywaldridge says:

    It seems sad and cold for them to do, but honestly I don’t blame countries that do close their borders. They may not want to get involved with the political issues or potential involvement in war or terror due to many people coming into their country. For instance, America; in some ways I respect this country for what it’s done for others but at the same time, I wonder why we fall short when it comes to helping our own. Have you heard about the government putting “boots on the ground” in Syria now.


  8. ollysalder says:

    I completely agree something needs to be done to help these people that are struggling to survive, no one deserves to suffer as these people are. But on the other hand with the state of the European union at the moment I can help but understand why some certain countries would close their borders in the case of self preservation. Greece only very recently was on the verge of bankruptcy. Most of these countries do not have the economy to support a significant influx of refugees. and with one country closing its borders, yes the surrounding countries will be hit by more refugees and put under more strain. Again I agree they need help, but there is always two sides to every story.


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