Once more, we have to ask ourselves with what boldness Europe sends back hundreds of Moroccans, Tunisians, and Egyptians; the very people who make up a significant number of the work force that has held the most difficult and degrading jobs for years and are exploited in every country of the European Union. Nevertheless, the hypocrisy seems to go hand in hand with the need for visibility and political constructs, which we will understand better soon. That is to say, no one asks why hundreds of people who are almost still children, leave their countries, or what happens in Egypt, but what is covered instead is the arrivals and, thus, pointing out the necessity of further militarizing strategies and control as the only means to fight human trafficking. Sometimes not even this happens. They rather stick with pious comments employing rhetoric of a good heart and pity to avoid having to talk about the horrid living conditions in these countries or the business surrounding these minors. From organized crime, such as human trafficking, to the business of some of the people involved with so-called reception and first accommodation centers who unfortunately see managing projects aimed at minors as a means to receive more money from the state. There are many issues that need clarification to overcome the fearmongering and manipulative excuses that call all this an emergency.
Translation: Annika Schadewaldt