Despite being pro refugee all these years, Leo Varadkar has finally seen the situation first hand and has admitted on his FIRST visit to a refugee camp, that it had changed his perspectives on the issue, but said it would still be mistaken to dismiss people’s concerns about migration. Controversially, he admitted migrants affect housing back home, something the political class have been denying vocally.
The embattled Irish Leader who seemed to be escaping a slew of crisis in almost all government departments back home, on top of his controversial pro EU land grab in Northern Ireland with BRexit, visited the Mai Aini refugee camp close to Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea on the last day of his three-day visit to Ethiopia. The camp houses around 12,500 of the 907,000 refugees registered in Ethiopia.
“I think coming here for me certainly helped to have a better understanding and change perspectives of the challenges we face in the world. We read about refugee camps, we see them on TV, it’s only when you can be in a place like that that you can understand,” he told reporters.
He also said migration needed to be managed in European countries such as Ireland.
“Generally speaking, Irish people have been quite welcoming of refugees,” he said.
“I think we also need to understand public concerns about migration. The biggest political mistake some people made across Europe is to be dismissive of people who have concerns about migration.
“They have concerns about the increasing impact migration has on housing for example, the impact on the health and education systems, particularly when there are a lot of kids in school who do not have English as a first language. They will have concerns about security and crime.”
This is a somewhat stunning admission of ignorance from someone who has deliberately forced migrants onto Ireland en masse whilst there are 10,000 homeless in Ireland.
“It does need to be managed. We need to manage it right and see the picture as a whole, not just about responding to refugee crisis or humanitarian crisis, but the best in international development, peace and security. Those are the policies that work in the long term.”
He was asked if Ireland’s commitment to receive 4,000 refugees was pointless and insignificant in the context of the scale in Ethiopia, hosting almost a million refugees.
He said there was a case for increasing the number, but there were issues in Ireland relating to housing that limited the capacity.
“The solution is never going to be about accepting refugees . . . The solution is the underlying process (of African development),” Leo said.
How he is going to explain this to his masters in the EU who insist on a deliberate mass population replacement in Europe, remains to be seen… He will certainly be snapped back in line or become vilified…
He argued while the EU needed to respond to humanitarian and refugee crises, its best option was to engage in long-term investment and partnerships in Africa.
“By 2050 there will be 2.5 billion people living on the continent of Africa.”
He admitted its population would be five times larger than Europe.
“There is no way the EU could take 10, 20 or 30 per cent of Africa’s population.
“That’s why we have to do, above all, is to get Africa right, to bring to Africa security, to bring to Africa political freedom, bring to Africa economic opportunities. If we do that most people won’t leave their homes.”
He met newly-arrived refugees from Eritrea as well as those who have been there for some years. Some of the residents are women with children whose husbands have already made their way to Europe.
He met a women registering as a refugee with her two young children. She said she wished to join her husband who has been in Luxembourg for a year. He asked how she hoped to get there, she said: “I have not started on my journey but I do have a plan to join my husband.
“Life has been very difficult for me especially when [I] don’t have a husband helping [me].”
In his comments, Leo said he would return home with a “recalibrated perspective of what we must do in the world, finally admitting that the problem can only be solved n the origin regions of the migrants as it was too huge for Europe to absorb.
“Europe must do more in the future to bring to Eritrea, in particular, greater democracy, greater freedom, greater security and greater economic opportunity for them so that they don’t feel they have to leave their homes.”