Talk is cheap. The borders are still open and there is absolutely not effective solutions from the EU in sight.
Europe must close her doors and windows, the head of the European Council has said. In remarks following a meeting of the heads of state on Wednesday night, he warned that the migrant flood witnessed so far was only the beginning; the greatest tide of people is yet to come, necessitating renewed focus on securing Europe’s external borders.
As the migrant flood continues to rock the very foundations of the European Union, the heads of state and government of the Member States gathered at an informal crisis meeting in Brussels to discuss what can, and must, be done.
‘Tonight our discussion was based on facts, not emotions,’ Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council and former Prime Minister of Poland told reporters following the meeting.
‘There are eight million displaced people in Syria, while about four million have fled to Syria’s neighbours. We should be talking about millions of potential refugees trying to reach Europe from Syria alone. Not to mention Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and other places.’ He said.
So far, only about two per cent of Syria’s refugees have made it to Europe. That figure is likely to rise significantly following Germany’s recent announcement that all Syrians who make it to her borders will be allowed to stay.
Tusk recounted: ‘Recently I visited refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan and I heard only one message: we are determined to get to Europe. It is clear that the greatest tide of refugees and migrants is yet to come.
Therefore we need to correct the policy of open doors and windows. Now the focus should be on the proper protection of our external borders and on external assistance to refugees and the countries in our neighbourhood.'”