|Motion:||Stop fighting the smugglers, create safe passage instead!|
|Proposer:||Les Jeunes Écologistes (France (decided on: 05/24/2017)|
C8-007 to Stop fighting the smugglers, create safe passage instead!
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First and foremost, the
fight against smugglers neglects that as long as in the current European border regime safe and legal ways to Europe remain scant, refugees are dependent upon the smugglers to reach European shores. While some smugglers will without doubt attempt at exploiting refugees on their way to Europe, we understand smuggling as a more complex phenomenon. What makes the right of asylum meaningful and tangible for the refugees in practice, is in today's system the smuggler. Consequently, what smugglers provide is not much different than a service, which is illicit in the current regime but for which there is a clear need. The only way to lower the risk for the refugees involved
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Media and some EU insitutions and organs keep depicting smugglers as greedy criminals and refugees and migrants as their passive, uninformed victims. Meanwhile, recent critical scholarship suggest the relationships between smugglers and refugees can be and are more complex, with social, family or ethnic ties playing an important role. Refugees are not always completely unaware of the risks involved in their journeys but - in the absence of other options for reaching Europe - willingly choose to take the risk. Likewise, it is not true that smugglers always attempt to exploit or otherwise harm refugees, who are as in any other business their clients. While it is important to protect refugees from being exploited en route, in places like Hungary, refugees are more likely to experience violence from border authorities than from the smugglers. It is hypocritical to fight smugglers and leave state-sponsored violence untackled, covered with the veil of impunity.