Friday 9 December 2016

Response to refugee crisis a litmus test for European values

Published 19/03/2016 | 02:30

Migrants arrive in Kos, Greece, in a rubber dinghy. Photo: PA
Migrants arrive in Kos, Greece, in a rubber dinghy. Photo: PA

The migrant crisis is unarguably pushing Europe to undertake drastic measures. Europe is rightly alarmed at the escalating scale of the refugee influx and is seeing migrants and refugees as a threat to its cultural heritage, religious identity and social cohesion.

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However, refugees should instead be seen as mere human beings who are traumatised and threatened, who were compelled to flee their homes out of fear.

Europe's response to their ongoing predicament will be a litmus test for its cherished values of tolerance, and respect for human dignity and human life.

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