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Valerijus Simulik
Valerijus Simulik

Location: Lithuania

Specialization: Politics and economics in Baltic States, education and science, non - governmental organizations, globalization and EU

Shall we wait for terror to reach us or shall we take action?

Recent terrorist acts in Brussels, and the preceding ones in Paris have reminded us of a simple truth.

If we want to be safe, we must be on the watch. We must do it on our own. We should not hope for an easy escape or protection from the outside. We must take all the necessary measures on our own.

Ready and alert law enforcement officers and active civil society are undoubtedly crucial. However, there is another very important and perhaps even a decisive factor – our national migration policy. Depending on its measures, it can save or destroy us.

The developments in Europe are a clear signal that migration policy should be not only moderate and prudent but also strict. I think it is time to take action and reintroduce the system that was in force several years ago. The current one, which is much softer and more liberal, is far from guaranteeing our security.

Various facilitations for granting residence permits in Lithuania were adopted, in particular, to encourage investment, to attract business, especially big companies, and potential employers. These objectives are not bad indeed; however, given the geopolitical situation today, we need to make a choice between investment and security. Which of the two is more important to Lithuanian society?

I think that security is of primary importance. And the previous system when the entry of a foreigner into the country was rather difficult should be reintroduced. This does not mean that we should prevent and stop anybody from coming. No. This means that we have to resume protective measures and, if needed, introduce additional ones to eliminate even a theoretical possibility of persons with really or potentially bad intentions entering Lithuania.  

Why not make a list of potentially dangerous countries? Whose Nationals would undergo very careful and even meticulous screening upon arrival to obtain a residence permit? Why not apply this for young, healthy and strong men? And so forth. 

I do not mean that we should refuse help to those who are fleeing from war, persecution or other disasters. It is obvious though that a large majority of refugees do not belong to this group. They are simply looking for a better life. They are economic migrants. 

And along with them, as it has repeatedly been noted, persons prone to crime or even terrorism arrive. Some Western European countries have already experienced that. They had let in the bandits who later pointed the guns and bombs at innocent people.

The fact that nothing of the sort has happened in Lithuania yet and that the probability of this happening is not high does not mean that this will always be the case. We have a choice: to do something or to do nothing, just sit and wait to hope to avoid a tragedy. We can hope in vain. Is it not better to take decisive and effective measures?

If there is even the slightest suspicion of person’s attitude or possible engagement in criminal or extremist associations, such a person must not be allowed into Lithuania. And we are not obliged to explain or make excuses to anyone. We are taking measures to protect our country and our people.

After all, we can see that they will not stop. They demonstrate power and brutality. They will continue to do so. They cannot be dissuaded by neither diplomatic nor any other language. Therefore, we must take action. Both for our own safety and for the sake of making a proper response.

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