Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, has warned that the migrant crisis could threaten the cohesion of the EU.
Indeed, as Member States ponder the closure of long-open borders and as taxpayer funds dry up with services and entitlements previously enjoyed by citizens now at risk, many leaders ask what are we to do?
The problem that originated in the Middle East; Syria, to be precise, is causing an influx of migrants, none of whom currently have usable skills or tangible assets to contribute to our European Society. The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) says more than 700,000 migrants have reached Europe by boat so far this year. That number is likely very low and the conflict in Syria continues to be the biggest driver of the migration.
So what shall we do?
In a word: Conscription.
Laws should be passed to make immediate military service for any male migrant, aged 18–49 compulsory. Female migrants, within a similar age group, not currently caring for children should likewise be compelled to give service (military or otherwise) to the Member State of their choosing and as with their male counterparts, within 45 days of their arrival in Europe, for a period of not less than 5 years.
Housekeeping issues, such as criminal background checks (where possible) will not preclude compulsory service; only provide a basis for specialist placement determination. My plan would also ensure that all migrants be entitled to the normal payment at whatever level that is for the Member States’ military branch and upon the favourable conclusion of a term of 5 years’ service, the migrant would be granted citizenship by the Member State.
It would make sense for the Member States to work together on my plan with regions (i.e. theatres) of between 1 million to 10 million soldiers; multiple army groups, training and working together; but this is not a deal-breaker.
Special groups of militarily trained soldiers should be deployed by a coalition of the Member States to various areas around the globe to provide assistance to local communities, aid in peacekeeping or stem conflict where needed. A small contingent could be held back within Europe to protect the cohesion threatened by the migrants’ otherwise presence in the Community.
Originally published on LinkedIn