Thousands of refugees continue to hope that the border into Macedonia from Greece will open, but northward routes remain closed. Their fate for now is uncertain.
But after the European Union and Turkey agreed a deal last week to solve the migrant crisis, it is clear that almost all new refugees who cross the Aegean Sea to Greece will be sent back to Turkey.
At much cost and at a high political price, Europeans are now transferring responsibility for protecting refugees to states beyond E.U. borders. Critics call it a disreputable deal with an autocratic regime. The individual’s right to asylum has become nothing more than empty words, they say.
The European asylum system, which before the refugee crisis was praised as the best and most humane in the world, is now only a pleasant memory.
This is the pessimistic view of what the European Union is currently doing, and it is justified. Governmental leaders such as Hungary’s Viktor Orbán will never be satisfied — they will demand tougher measures as long as there are refugees wandering on European soil. The Hungarian prime minster reiterates that he won’t listen to more sermons from the “horde of diehard human rights proponents.”