Wednesday 18 September 2019

Time is running out for migrant crisis solution

'The decision by the leaders of Europe to try to forge a united approach to the emigration crisis is perhaps a glimpse of light on the horizon in a desperate human tragedy'
'The decision by the leaders of Europe to try to forge a united approach to the emigration crisis is perhaps a glimpse of light on the horizon in a desperate human tragedy'
Editorial

Editorial

The decision by the leaders of Europe to try to forge a united approach to the emigration crisis is perhaps a glimpse of light on the horizon in a desperate human tragedy.

The two-day Malta Summit, which ended yesterday, appears to offer hope of a realistic and reasoned Europe-wide approach to the crisis which could yet save the Schengen Agreement while contributing financially to resolving the problems faced at home by so many would-be migrants.

The fragmented - and in some cases ill-judged - responses to the issue from the authorities of nations such as Germany, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, and Slovenia show the importance of a Europe-wide approach.

And yesterday's report by the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, which found that Bulgarian police had shot, abused, and beaten migrants, underlines the urgent need for a solution.

It may well be, as predicted, that the human tide will recede during the winter months. But unless we address the root dcauses of the migrant crisis - war, social instability, and poverty - then the problem will recur. Time is short. Europe must act decisively and quickly.

Irish Independent

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