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Military action not a solution for migrants and refugees

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African-migrantsThe GUE/NGL group was critical of the package of measures proposed by the European Commission to stem the flow of migration to Europe’s shores by military and other repressive means.

GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer said: “I criticise the behaviour of member states. They have set a framework of fear of refugees and security challenges for this debate. When they talk about military action, they are being unrealistic as none of the reasons which make people flee from their home countries is tackled.”

She continued: “Military action in order to sink refugee vessels would entail collateral damage – the death of people, refugees, ships’ captains and others. The package proposed does not take up the challenge that refugees are people who are suffering from war, poverty and hunger. The package tackles the issue from a security point of view and not a humanitarian one. Who can really think that we can achieve security by closing off our borders, closing off Europe?” Continue reading…

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