Young migrants and refugees stand at a fence of the Moria detention center ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

The Inhumanity of Europe’s Refugee Policy

Many promising policies with the potential to create a safe and humane asylum process have been proposed. Yet the EU continues to allow asylum-seekers to languish in unconscionable conditions, betraying its values for the sake of deterrence.

MAASTRICHT – For the asylum seekers in the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, the word “almost” has become a source of devastation. They almost made it. They are almost at the end of their brutal journey. As Aarash, a 27-year-old father of a young daughter and an MBA graduate from Kabul, Afghanistan, put it, “When all is said and done, we are only almost human.” And Europe only almost welcomes them.