Guterres says it is essential to create ways for more refugees to enter Europe legally

October 12, 2015

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees assures that the European Union (EU) plan to host up to 160,000 migrants is insufficient and urged Europe to propose legal immigration options to the thousands of people fleeing war and violence. poverty in their countries of origin.

António Guterres told a press conference in Athens that the resettlement program is a starting point but it is not enough. Following his visit this weekend to the Greek island of Lesbos, the main entry point for tens of thousands of refugees, he urged the EU to accept more migrants without limiting their origin to Syria, Iraq and Eritrea.

More than 500,000 refugees have arrived in Europe so far this year and most have paid at least $ 1,000 to smugglers to cross the Mediterranean to Greece or Turkey.

Guterres said that makes no sense when they could enter in a legal alternative way.

“This could be achieved through resettlement in neighboring countries to which they produce refugees or through humanitarian admissions or visas granted to people with a flexible approach or through modified family reunification programs,” said the High Commissioner.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has deployed an emergency team to Greece to help the government address the persistent crisis. The island of Lesbos, which according to the last census of 2011 had a population of 85,000 people, has received more than 220,000 people in the last 9 months.

October 12, 2015

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees assures that the European Union (EU) plan to host up to 160,000 migrants is insufficient and urged Europe to propose legal immigration options to the thousands of people fleeing war and violence. poverty in their countries of origin.

António Guterres told a press conference in Athens that the resettlement program is a starting point but it is not enough. Following his visit this weekend to the Greek island of Lesbos, the main entry point for tens of thousands of refugees, he urged the EU to accept more migrants without limiting their origin to Syria, Iraq and Eritrea.

More than 500,000 refugees have arrived in Europe so far this year and most have paid at least $ 1,000 to smugglers to cross the Mediterranean to Greece or Turkey.

Guterres said that makes no sense when they could enter in a legal alternative way.

“This could be achieved through resettlement in neighboring countries to which they produce refugees or through humanitarian admissions or visas granted to people with a flexible approach or through modified family reunification programs,” said the High Commissioner.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has deployed an emergency team to Greece to help the government address the persistent crisis. The island of Lesbos, which according to the last census of 2011 had a population of 85,000 people, has received more than 220,000 people in the last 9 months.