In an article posted today on the website of liberal.gr., European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos emphasizes the importance of the European humanistic tradition and says it is something we all must be proud of, and underscores its significance in periods of crisis such as the one facing Europe today on account of the massive influx of refugees on the continent.
His article, titled “Dublin System in Need of Reform,” points out that Europe has a responsibility to help people fleeing from war-torn regions and that the EU must work closely with non-EU nations in the management of the refugee crisis.
Avramopoulos says that putting an end to the civil war in Syria and stabilizing Libya are essential for resolving today’s refugee crisis, but notes that this task requires time. In the meantime, however, the EU must ensure completion of work in hotspots and operate fully and efficiently temporary refugee accommodation centers.
Avramopoulos writes that Greece has been making steady progress in the management of refugees and migrants that land on its shores, and says it is absolutely essential that there are open routes available to refugees who qualify for international protection.
In this context, he recognizes that countries like Greece and Italy are facing the biggest challenges as a result of the massive influx of refugees and migrants from northern Africa, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa and says that the European Union will not leave those countries unassisted.
Finally, Avramopoulos says that the latest developments in the refugee crisis mandate that the Dublin system changes so there is a single, unified asylum system in place, and states that the appropriate proposals for such a reform will be made sometime in March.
In conclusion, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos says the question is whether we want a united or a divided Europe. He says the answer is clearly the latter and, therefore, the EU has no room for failure.