The EUROSOR dilemma

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by alib, Jul 16, 2012.

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  1. From Migrants At Sea Heinrich Böll Foundation Study: Borderline- The EU’s New Border Surveillance Initiatives, Assessing the Costs and Fundamental Rights Implications of EUROSUR and the ‘Smart Borders’ Proposals
    That big bit of bold is mine.

    This is all a response to the panic at the start of the Arab Spring, it turns out that really didn't have much impact on migration as the refugees mainly stayed in Muslim countries but having spent some billions bombing Libya partly to stem the much feared dusky tide it's not surprising this developed.

    This will be a tricky one for UKIPpers, a typical high spending, pork barrel, undemocratic, technocrat led initiative with giddily tin foil hat inducing overtones of drone surveillance. On the other hand Brussels may be doing sterling work in the field of keeping duskier types from swamping the sceptered isle and making a terrible mess at the side of the road.
     
  2. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    if they screwed up schengen and the once you're in an eu country you can go anywhere policy then there would be a lot less as everyone would tighten their borders again.

    it reads like another eu excuse to claim powers it doesnt need to justify a budget it shoudnt have
     
  3. That was rather the point of Schengen. You probably don't realize how much of a hassle borders are for folks like the Swiss where there are very large flows of employees over the borders everyday, and a sizable chunk of the population lives in the EU, it's why they voted to sign up to it. Amusingly in central Switzerland the main affect of the agreement was armed border guards riding trains and asking anyone a little too suntanned for their papers, well you would not want them standing idle and staring into France.

    Berne then got as jumpy as the EU powers at the prospect of the hordes of Mordor flooding out of the Sahel.

    I don't know what they'll think of drone surveillance, the Swiss are rather touchy about being watched despite or perhaps because of having an enormous number of secret policemen.