Clinton’s Role in Libya Helped Caused EU Migrant Crisis She Now Decries – Prof

Friday, November 23, 2018
By Paul Martin

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Europe to clamp down on immigration to combat the rise of ‘right-wing populism’. Speaking to Sputnik, political scientist, lecturer and commentator Dr. Roberto Castaldi offered his perspective on what impact Clinton’s apparent change of heart would have on US and European politics.

Sputnik: Hillary Clinton has a long track record of supporting immigration. Why do you think she’s changed her rhetoric now?

Roberto Castaldi: She has to justify why she lost the [2016] election. That’s the same thing other former leaders of the center-left in Europe are doing when they suggest that we need a radical change in migration policy. But what we really need is good management of migration policy at the European level.

What we have seen in the US is very different from what we have in Europe. [Here,] some countries were overwhelmed by the influx of migrants in 2015, while others have been completely spared the problem. And there has not been enough European solidarity, because the European Union does not have the power and the competencies regarding migration policy…

Also, we see differences between various policies in different [European] countries. Some countries are able to integrate migrants, to find them jobs and to make them into a resource, while some countries are not.
And the need for legal ways to enter Europe is essential. What we see today, also in the public perception, is that people see migration as an unmanaged problem, because people can arrive in Europe only by illegal means. Once they get there, they can ask for asylum, and we have to see whether they have the right to be treated as refugees or not. What we need is to process those demands beforehand, and to create legal and secure ways to get into Europe for those who have the right – for refugees and asylum protection.

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