The UN fears that the pandemic could turn many more people into migrants. Because the economic and social consequences of the corona rage could have worse effects than the epidemic itself.
In the European Union and in every single one of its member states, you should know that too. That means: one should plan how to deal with an expected influx of migrants and refugees.
For months now, the EU migration pact, announced with great pomp and fuss, has been on the tables of the government chancellery, and so far nothing has come of it, except for the old dispute: some states do not accept asylum seekers, and the others vehemently insist on the distribution of refugees Europe.
And in between lies the seemingly helpless offer of the EU Commission to countries such as Austria, which categorically oppose refugee quotas: As a sign of their “flexible solidarity”, these countries should organize more returns of migrants to their home countries.
It is obvious that this half-baked concept does not provide an answer to the unresolved migration issues in Europe. In view of this persistent weakness, the EU is still a little lucky: Overall, the number of illegal migrants this year is lower than it has been in ten years – also a consequence of the corona pandemic.
But the EU cannot count on this luck for long.