Theresa May’s intervention at the UN comes as she faces criticism at home for failing to do enough to help refugees [Image: Nick Ansell/AFP/Getty Images].

Theresa May’s intervention at the UN comes as she faces criticism at home for failing to do enough to help refugees [Image: Nick Ansell/AFP/Getty Images].

Theresa May’s attitude to the migration of refugees – from wars her Conservative Government sponsors – highlights the contradictory Tory attitude to regulation.

They’ll de-regulate anything under the sun if there’s a chance they and/or their donors can make a fast buck from playing fast and loose with the system, but if their foreign adventures mean someone ends up knocking on their door in search of asylum, they want hard rules to keep that person out.

It’s hypocritical – but, worse, it’s irresponsible.

The UK supported the military action that has turned these people into refugees, but our only response to them is an attempt to change the law in order to keep them out.

We should be trying to arrange a real and lasting peace in their home country, so they can go back home, control their own destiny, and be a burden to nobody.

That’s not going to happen while we’re bombing it. In fact, all we’re doing is creating a future generation of terrorists who’ll want to hurt us – and, of course, the possibility of more refugees in the future.

People like Theresa May are the cause of the refugee crisis. Without them, the problem would not have arisen – certainly not to the extent it has.

They have no conscience about what they have done, no clue about how to solve the problems they have created, and no concerns about the trouble they are storing up for the future.

Theresa May is to tell the UN general assembly of the dangers of “uncontrolled mass migration” as it meets in New York to discuss how to help more than 21 million refugees around the world.

The prime minister will call for a different global approach to migration aimed at “reducing today’s unmanaged population movement” as world leaders gather for the general assembly and a separate summit hosted by Barack Obama.

At the UN, May will argue that it is not in the interests of the migrants to be exposed to exploitation and danger as they cross borders, nor the interests of the countries they are leaving, travelling through or seeking to reach. She will say that mass population movements reduce resources and popular support for refugees.

May will propose three measures: helping refugees to claim asylum in the first safe country they reach; a better distinction between refugees and economic migrants; and the right of all countries to control their borders, along with a responsibility to stop uncontrolled migration flows.

Her arguments appear to echo those made by David Cameron’s government, which targeted most of its aid to refugees in countries bordering war zones, in contrast to Germany’s approach of accepting hundreds of thousands of people who had journeyed across Europe.

It does, however, leave the door open for the UK to accept more refugees straight from camps, who have not embarked on journeys across seas and borders.

Source: Theresa May to warn UN of dangers of uncontrolled mass migration | World news | The Guardian


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