The refugee crisis has become a political minefield worldwide. In Europe, many countries that previously supported it are backpedaling. While the USA is torn in a fierce political battle that goes beyond parties and involves local states as well as all federal entities.
The political leadership in Germany admits problems connected with the huge resettlement programs it has promoted in the last years. It is now reducing it, while at the same starting deportations. Elections are coming up and all parties have become suddenly very keen to the matter
Italy is working with Libya to stop the arrival of refugees while new probes have started on NGO’s operating on refugees. They have also started deportations despite the pro-refugee position of the Vatican. The coming elections in Italy show a strong reinforcement of the two Italian populist parties that oppose refugee resettlement.
The current election campaigns in France have the immigration situation as one of the main subjects.
Bruxelles Crisis on Refugee Resettlement
Eastern European countries are on collision course with the EU on refugees resettlement.
Sweden, a major refugee haven in Europe, has dramatically changed it official position in just a few weeks.
Turkey is literally starting a migration war with the rest of Europe.
Washington Mired Down in Legal and Political Battles on Refugees
With the travel ban still frozen and with appeals coming up in May, the White House has eased off the refugee problem altogether. This doesn’t sit well with many of the original Trump supporters that believe the new administration has basically given up on the issue.
The Democratic party is asking for an increase in refugee resettlements and the Hawaii judge who stopped the travel ban is demanding the admission of twice as many.
Yet individual states continue their battle against the refugee resettlement program with even higher energy and intensity.
Current special elections in the US are proving unexpectedly challenging for Republicans. Trump is apparently losing some of his original support. With the health care and tax reforms bogged and no funds available for the border wall, the Trump administration might be forced to revamp its efforts on the refugee arena as part of the overall clamp down on immigration.