UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon highlighted on Friday that the borders must remain open because “such border restrictions do not apply with the Convention of 1951 for the Status of refugees and the 1967 Protocol, because the individual definition of the status of the refugee and the evaluation of the personal need for protection are not possible.”
However the State Department does not appear to share the same worries as the secretary-general of the United Nations regarding the refugee and migrant crisis, as it avoided directly asking the rest of the European countries to open their borders.
The deputy representative of State Department, Mark Toner, said that “every nation has the right to control its grounds;” however he asked from the nations to keep on showing generosity.
Toner also expressed his fondness towards Greece for the heavy load that the country is carrying regarding the refugee and migrant flows. “We have said many times that we would like to see the European Union approaching the refugee crisis in a cohesive and complete way, because, as it is noted, different countries take different measures in order to manage the crisis. We would like to see a more united approach.”