Economic interests and refugees
A fish rots from the head down

Why is there a link between our thuna pizza and migration? By SEBASTIAN BLATZHEIM

Translated by Gunnar Ahrens and Christine Crawford.

Recently there is a lot of talk about responsibility. Collective horror because of the drowned refugees in the Mediterranean Sea combined with postulations of the continuance of Mare Nostrum or an equivalent mission, shape media coverage. The consternation was capacious, postulations were loud, but the sustainability of the media echo is doubtful. During swiftly convoked and extraordinary meetings, the EU decided to increase the budget of the border security operation "Triton" by a whopping nine million euros. Who could ever possibly think of politicking?

Even the German Interior Minister seems to realise now that refugees are not held back from a life-threatening crossing of the sea by the abolition of rescue programs. As is evident by the elocution of Thomas de Mazieres, there is a desire to solve the "smuggler problem" and reduce the number of refugees. Who could ever possibly think of politicking?

"Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes"
The EU could end its neocolonialism.1 As an example, one could mention the EU fishing agreement with Senegal from 25th April 2014.2 According to this, EU fishing boats are allowed to fish in front of Senegals shore; for tuna and hake worth 1.8 million euros per year.3 At the same time approximately 600,000 Senegals try to make a living of fishing themselves.4 Therefore, President Macky Sall cancelled all fishing agreements shortly after he was elected in 2012.5 Who could ever possibly think of politicking?

What do the Senegalese fishermen do, when their nets remain empty? Some use their boats to reach the Canaries and end up as smugglers. Others try to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea. If they survive the long trip, all of their savings are exhausted. If they somehow reach Germany their asylum application is denied: Senegal is a safe country of origin.

[1] The Term is explained under e.g. URL:, 29.04.2015.
[2] Cf. URL:, 29.04.2015.
[3] URL:, 29.04.2015.
[4] Ziegelmayer, Usha: Wir sind hier, weil ihr unser Länder zerstört, in: Böll.Thema, Berlin 2014, Vol. 10, No. 3, p. 8, URL:, 29.04.2015.
[5] Cf. URL:, 29.04.2015.


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