Fallimento dell'Europa sui rifugiati fa eco il collasso morale del 1930

Ancora una volta un triste episodio il cui protagonista è uno dei più importanti paesi della  “civilissima” Europa. La Camera dei Comuni ha bocciato una proposta del governo inglese di accogliere 3000 bambini siriani che stazionano nell’”inferno” di Calais o in altri campi, in un quinquennio.

E ancora una volta vengono evocati tristissimi episodi del passato che si pensava fossero ormai relegati sui libri di storia: in questo articolo viene ricordata la “conferenza di Evian”, in altri  “deportazioni di massa” o la “cortina di ferro”.

 Purtroppo la “globalizzazione dell’indifferenza” diventa sempre più pervasiva e l’eco sui media di fatti di questo genere sempre più flebile. (P.R.)

 

The Guardian

Europe’s failure on refugees echoes the moral collapse of the 1930s

Patrick Kingsley

British MPs have voted down a plan to admit just 600 child refugees a year. With governments across the continent abdicating responsibility, this is an ethical catastrophe of historic proportions

 

Child refugees queuing for food at the makeshift camp at Idomeni, northern Greece.

Child refugees queuing for food at the makeshift camp at Idomeni, northern Greece. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Tuesday 26 April 2016 18.18 BST Last modified on Tuesday 26 April 2016 23.55 BST

In 1938, representatives from 32 western states gathered in the pretty resort town of Evian, southern France. Evian is now famous for its water, but back then, the delegates had something else on their minds. They were there to discuss whether to admit a growing number of Jewish refugees, fleeing persecution in Germany and Austria. After several days of negotiations, most countries, including Britain, decided to do nothing.

On Monday, I was reminded of the Evian conference when British MPs voted against welcoming just 600 child refugees a year over the next half-decade. The two moments are not exactly comparable. History doesn’t necessarily repeat itself. But it does echo, and it does remind us of the consequences of ethical failure. Looking back at their inaction at Evian, delegates could claim they were unaware of what was to come. In 2016, we no longer have that excuse.

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