Comments on: Time to treat the root causes of migration, not only the symptoms https://www.euractiv.com/section/development-policy/opinion/time-to-treat-the-root-causes-of-migration-not-only-the-symptoms/ EU news and policy debates across languages Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:40:34 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Ryan https://www.euractiv.com/section/development-policy/opinion/time-to-treat-the-root-causes-of-migration-not-only-the-symptoms/#comment-335031 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 08:25:50 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=opinion&p=1255379#comment-335031 It might be more carefully said, “treating the causes of irregular migration,” and not migration itself, which historically has had profound benefits for both home and host countries. Migration can be a key part of a resilience and development strategy.

Secondly, it should be well known by now that when countries achieve a certain level of development, migration means and aspirations can also increase. Sustainable development is good in its own right, but should not be linked to stopping migration, which is counterproductive and unrealistic.

Finally, isn’t it a bit misleading to push the “migration crisis” in Europe canard? Europe is not under some kind of siege, and in fact needs more migrants to sustain its own prosperity and growth. Mutual needs can be matched in a smart, facilitated way.

Are you, sir, a migrant? Or anyone in your family? What were the “root causes” of migration in your context?

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