What is the way forward for asylum. Only by coming up with a equitable solution will all parties feel they are being treated fairly.

Furthermore, regarding asylum as only a temporary situation will probably discourage economic migrants from trying to capitalise on the misery of others because there is nothing really to be gained by having access to Europe on a temporary basis for a short time

Questions

What are the long and short term effects of mass migration on both the country they leave and also the one they enter

Effects on the receiving country - say the UK

  • Access to the NHS
  • Access to schooling/education
  • Access to benefits
  • Access to housing
  • Access to state pension

All this affects population density, especially as the UK is the most heavily populated country in Europe and hitherto has provided refuge for the greatest number of migrants and also the most funding to assist poverty in the World

There are inevitably costs associated with all these items which require funding by the receiving country. Although, if it becomes recognised that these costs are only temporary then many are more likely to deem them acceptable rather than being a permanent undefined drain on the receiving countries resources, which is inevitably funded by the indigenous population

What is the future effect on refugees home countries once the wars have stopped and stability returned? These countries have lost a huge number of their educated and skilled middle class who are just the very people needed to re-build the country and in order to assist with this re-building process those who have left must be returned to help their own country get back onto its feet

When the threat is over, those given asylum should return to their own countries to re-build them, however, history has shown that once settled in Europe very few wish to return and far prefer their new life in Europe

Steps for a Solution and Way Forward

Here are a few suggestion just to set the process in motion

  • Asylum is only ever a temporary state to provide an interim safe haven - however long the situation lasts - until the threat has gone away or the refugees country of origin has stabilised
  • No asylum seeker should be given nationality by the receiving country - they should always retain the nationality of their country of origin

  • The receiving country will grant the same rights to asylum seekers as those it affords to its own nationals for the duration of the asylum, which is finite in duration - until they return to their country of origin

  • Children of asylum seekers born in the 'safe haven' country must always retain the nationality of their parents and can never acquire nationality of their country of birth - irrespective of their physical location

  • Whilst holding the status of asylum seeker, no migrant can acquire citizenship or nationality of the country granting safe haven

  • Every 2-5 years everyone granted asylum should be assessed against the prevailing conditions in their own country with a view to being returned once it is safe. This is in line with other migrants who are permitted to come to the UK to work but are subject to periodic review

  • A clear distinction must be made between economic migrants and those seeking asylum. Economic migrants remain subject to all the existing rules

  • Human Rights Laws cannot be used to avoid or circumvent eventual repatriation or returning to their own country once the threat to asylum seekers has gone away

  • It is anticipated that returning their own country will be voluntary and repatriation would be the last resort
  • Receiving countries will not be permitted to offer those given asylum, amnesties to remain and become citizens simply because they have lost track of migrants who have 'disappeared'. They will remain subject to being returned to their own country for an indefinite period

 These should be the basic tenants of any way forward for asylum seekers

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