The outsourcing of migrant policy and the loss of solidarity

In the European Parliament on Wednesday 6 November, Claire had an exchange with Michalis Chrisochoidis, the Greek minister for citizens’ protection. Claire pointed out that while there are calls for solidarity with migrants, that sense of fellow feeling has been undermined by the way responsibility has been outsourced to the Turkish government. This has been used by Prime Minister Erdogan as justification for invading part of Syria, creating further refugees. Perhaps, Claire wonders, the reason people are fleeing Turkey’s camps is because of the EU policy of integration into Turkish society, a society where journalists and academics are being locked up for criticising the government.