Ten years ago, I was looking at the seaside of an English coast and saw a tanker with two anchors a mile offshore. I could not figure what it was doing. It was too close inshore to be emptying its tanks.
Ten years on and after reading an article today by Michael Peel in Brussels and Michael Stothard in Madrid (FT), I remembered that ship.
What if you could put migrants in ships in international or Mediterranean coastal waters?
We must be compassionate. Rather than cram them in and leave them to rot, Brussels could levy monies from EU members to teach these people a trade, IT, or seamanship and the languages of their choice. When they reach a certain examination standard, EU countries could take their pick of them as economic migrants. If they would like to take their skills back home, then that is a double winner.
David Cameron wanted to teach children towards a better life in Syria. It was a heartfelt idea, but impossible to implement in a beautiful country crushed to smithereens. So, migrant ships are one avenue. If anyone wants to jump ship, send them back. It may be tough to implement, yet it is an act of compassion for people who have paid thousands to traffickers and just need a break.
If you can give a people a purpose in life, you can grow a country back.