This is such a simple idea, and it has been done before, during the mass slaughter of Jews in WWII. Placing targeted, marginalized persons under the protection of a neutral host country so they have paperwork that will allow them to travel legally to a safe place where they will be safe from oppression and death.
Raoul Wallenberg (1912 – 1947?) was a well-off Swedish national who saw something on a train ride that changed his life forever.
http://youtu.be/VUEloHASduI. (moment of truth)
He saw what Emmanuel Levinas, a French Jewish Talmud scholar, referred to as “the face of the Other”. This other human person who calls to you from the depth of Being itself, without words, for help. And when this call is heard, there is “no other choice but to respond”.
The United States Holocaust Museum, in the next link, presents the life of Raoul Wallenberg and the story of his saving thousands of Jews from Hitler’s killing machine (Auschwitz – Birkenbau) in the final year of World War II.
https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005211. (Raoul Wallenberg biography)
He was a young man who saved others, only to reportedly die in anonymity in a Soviet prison.
The still-largely-unchecked flow of migrants into Europe from Syria and other Middle-East countries is threatening the existence of the European Community itself. Hindsight says that there should have been properly-trained EU immigration officers in place at points of entry who could have sorted out for lawful entry those persons who qualify as asylum seekers under international law.
The next two links describe different categories of migrants. Definitions of status are very important in mass migration situations. Arrives from war zones and those seeking asylum status must not be arbitrarily denied entry. There is a due process with appeal protocol that must be followed under international law.
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute Humanitarian Visa Proposal
The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is a law school affiliated with Lund University in Skåne (South), Sweden. It specializes in Masters programs in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law. Founded over 30 years ago, it is a magnet for students worldwide who wish to get involved with the law of warfare, global migration, and specific human rights violations. The link below with its numerous internal links, describes the Institute and its activities. There are also YouTube videos of speeches given at RWI by UN and other global personages.
In the waning year of WW II, Raoul Wallenberg’s humanitarian visas were known as Schutz Passes. The next two links present the proposal for humanitarian visas in this new age of world migration primarily orchestrated by human traffickers, smugglers, and other criminal elements that are feeding off the desperation of people on the move– some of whom truly are asylum seekers. How much better it would be for those persons fleeing oppression to apply for paperwork in their home countries that would allow them to travel lawfully to the EU border where they would then be able to apply for asylum.
http://rwi.lu.se/2016/04/humanitarian-visas/. (homepage article)
http://rwi.lu.se/app/uploads/2016/04/Humanitarian-Visas-policy-brief.pdf. (policy brief PDF)
YouTube Videos about Raoul Wallenberg
Raoul Wallenberg may have died alone and forgotten, but the world will remember this person who saved countless others. And in this afterthought about responsibility towards life experiences, the time is fast approaching when all the witnesses to the Holocaust will be gone. All the world will have to keep humankind from repeating the mass extermination of those demonized by the hate speech of bigots, tyrants and dictators will be grainy films and preserved testimonies of survivors on social media and in museums.
http://youtu.be/giNQ5ogQ-0g. (Holocaust survivors)
http://youtu.be/gufQTuUnoPw. (no other choice)
“I will never be able to go back to Sweden without knowing inside myself that I’d done all a man could do to save as many Jews as possible.” –Raoul Wallenberg
“Faith is not a question of the existence or non-existence of God. It is believing that love without reward is valuable.” –Emmanuel Levinas
Roberta A Westerberg, MA