“Migration is a global issue that demands local action,” said PACE President Anne Brasseur, speaking today in Paris at the conference “A comprehensive humanitarian and political response to the migration and refugee crisis in Europe”.
“As it draws to a close, 2015 will go down in people’s memories as the year of the refugee crisis. In 2014, and indeed the years before that, our attitude was one of indifference. Now we must do everything in our power to ensure that 2016 is a year of hope and solidarity,” said Ms Brasseur.
“Despite its efforts, Europe’s response to the refugee tragedy can be summed up in just four words: “too little, too late”. Providing shelter and support to those who are fleeing war and extreme poverty is not only our moral duty, it is also an international obligation. And let’s face it: many of the refugees who have come to Europe will not be going back, so we need to come up with sustainable solutions here and now, to facilitate their integration,” stressed the President.