The EU must quickly seal its external borders to stem the flow of migrants who are no longer welcome in the 27-member bloc, according to Slovenia’s interior minister, whose country currently holds the presidency of the EU Council.
Speaking at the ‘Sarajevo Migration Dialogue’ on Thursday, Interior Minister Ales Hojs said EU countries were preoccupied recently with the coronavirus pandemic, the fall of the government in Afghanistan, and now a migrant crisis on the Poland-Belarus border, which he said was a hybrid war waged by Minsk against the EU.
“All three have additionally contributed to the increase in numbers of illegal migrants moving towards Europe and the Balkans, destabilizing the European Union,”Hojs spoke to reporters.
Minister from Slovenia said that the current situation is very similar to 2015’s influx of migrants and refugees, who came in large numbers from North Africa and Middle East.
Hojs stated that the situation was different this time, and warned that “there is no more ‘refugees welcome.’”
“I believe that external borders must be secured, even with fences if necessary,” Hojs said, saying that he supported a plan for Brussels to finance the building of fences to reinforce the bloc’s borders.
To better manage the flow of migration and to maintain security, it is important that there be more cooperation between EU countries.
Many thousands of migrants attempted to cross from Belarus to Poland in order to enter the EU. The migrants have been held back by barbed wire fencing and Polish border guards, who prevented them from crossing. Belarus was accused of orchestrating this crisis in order to undermine the EU, Warsaw claimed. “weaponize”In an attempt to lift sanctions, migration is encouraged
A spokesperson for Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko claimed on Thursday that Germany agreed to open a humanitarian corridor for 2,000 refugees on the border.
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