The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has pointed his finger at years of “demonizing” and “stigmatizing” migrants for making Europe notably “vulnerable” to the disaster now taking place on the border between Belarus and Poland.
Speaking to French information channel La Chaine Info on Sunday, Filippo Grandi condemned what he referred to as a “manipulation” orchestrated by the authorities in Belarus, whereas additionally blaming the EU and its therapy of migrants in current occasions.
“Any manipulation of people in distress, even by exploiting their wishes, their desires for a better life, cannot be accepted,” Grandi mentioned.
“If Europe wasn’t panicking, if Europe hadn’t been demonizing, stigmatizing any migration movement for years, it would be less vulnerable to this kind of pressure,” he continued.
According to Grandi, the disaster has additionally been exacerbated by the rise of nationalist actions in Western Europe, and he referred to as on Russian President Vladimir Putin to assist repair the issue.
“The appeal I make to President Putin, and all leaders is: help us, at least for the moment, to find a solution for these 2,000 people. And then let us try to return to normal life and manage migration movements in the correct way,” Grandi concluded.
The migrant disaster on the frontier between Belarus and Poland, which has unfolded over the summer season and autumn, has escalated within the final two weeks, as 1000’s of would-be asylum-seekers tried to enter the EU by means of Belarusian territory.
The disaster started in June, when Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko mentioned his authorities would now not assist the EU cease unlawful immigration. He stands accused by Brussels of “weaponizing” migrants by flying them into his nation and transporting them to the border, allegedly as a part of a “hybrid war” towards the West.
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