Europe migrant crisis ‘manageable’ – UN refugee agency

Agence France-Presse
Europe migrant crisis ‘manageable’ – UN refugee agency


'It is a manageable crisis if everyone agrees on a joint action plan'

PARIS, France – The head of the UN refugee agency Antonio Guterres said Sunday, Septemner 6, that while Europe’s asylum system was dysfunctional, the migrant crisis was “manageable” if countries worked together.

“The European asylum system is deeply dysfunctional, it works badly. Some countries make the necessary effort and the effort of many others is nearly non-existant,” Guterres said in an interview with French TV and radio stations.

“With 4,000 refugees arriving in Europe every day… the system has become chaotic. Nothing is in place that allows this to be handled in an efficient and humane manner,” he said, calling for “effective reception centers” where migrants arrive in Greece, Italy and Hungary.

“It is a very serious problem… but on the scale of the planet it is not one of the biggest crises,” said the former Portuguese prime minister.

“It is a manageable crisis if everyone agrees on a joint action plan.” 

Guterres said the number of people displaced by conflicts had soared from 11,000 a day in 2010 to 42,5000 a day in 2014.

“That means there is an increase in conflicts in the world and that old conflicts have no solutions,” he said, adding that he feared the situation would only get worse.

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said on September 5 that 366,402 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015 so far, with 2,800 killed or missing en route. –

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