Anyone who comes from a war zone and is a legitimate asylum seeker should have the chance for an appeal if necessary, economic migrants gaming the system should not have that opportunity.
This is how it nowadays more or less works, the SPD has agreed to speed up the process for people from North Africa. But must refugees are from countries that do not automatically qualify them as economic migrants.
If that doesn't ring the alarm bells, then I don't know what does.
Make no mistake, I am far from happy about this, and if things were differently in the world, I would be very alarmed. But considering how many votes similar parties get in other European countries, and the election of Trump, I am somewhat relieved that those are only a small minority in Germany.
The Greeks were simply unwilling and unable to defend the sea border,
To be fair, until Merkel negotiated a deal with Ankara, the Turks were more than happy to let those refugees through. It is impossible to properly control the border between Greece and Turkey without Turkish cooperation.
Require processing within 24 hours, and anyone genuinely from a war zone would be resettled somewhere in the EU.
A good idea in theory, but we know the reason why this did not work. All the other countries were content to simply leave Greece and Italy deal with the refugees, citing the Dublin agreement until those countries could not handle it anymore. And since Poland and other countries are still refusing any kind of resettlement program, this would also not work in the future.
Making Europe a lousy place to try and come is easy enough to do.
This is already happening in most member states, even in Germany. But I am not sure that this will activelly deter migrants from trying to a noticeable degree. You must consider that in many countries, particulary in Africa, people have completely false expectations about their possible life in Europe. Those expectations are fuelled by traffickers and desperation. It has also been noted that many applicants from those countries send false message home, describing their new life as wonderful because they do not want to be seen as failures. The German government has even started a campaign to inform people in Africa about the truth and even set up a website in several languages.
A new German Foreign Office website aims to get the facts out to migrants, making them less susceptible to rumours spread by human traffickers
Here is the website:
This is of course important, but even knowing the dangers and miserable conditions awaiting them before they can even try to enter Europe, e.g. in Libya has not done much to curb their willingness to risk it.
The current appalling situation where Italy just hands out residenc
Indeed, and this situation has been going on for years and were one reason for Merkel's decision to suspend Dublin, because the other countries ignored it too. However I can understand why Italy did what they did, it is unfair to let the Southern countries, who suffer from economic hardship anyway, deal alone with the refugees.
and the boats stopped coming
That is what Australia claims, but to my knowledge, it considers the numbers of arrivals a state secret. It also left them vulnerable to getting sued by those in the camps.