Monday, 28 February 2011

Interview with ambassador & Chief of EU delegation in Tunis

On the Tunisian Prime-Minister's website, you can find an interview with Mr. Adrianus Koetsenruijter (ambassador and Chief of EU delegation in Tunisia).  In the interview, Mr. Koetsenruijter is asked a number of questions on the current situation in the country, with a focus on the possible impact of these events on the EU.  

In response to a question on how the EU plans to deal with a probable flow of refugees and migrants, Mr. Koetsenruijter responded:

"Libya houses 2 million refugees from African countries. Europe is organizing as events go along, but opinions differ within the Union on the way to address this phenomenon. Some believe they are more involved, while others are more prudent.  However, Europe should accompany the migratory flow and get prepared, in co-ordination with such specialized organizations like the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and the European Asylum Support Office.
I think that, generally speaking, the European peoples are rather willing to host refugees who are in distress."

I find that last sentence particularly interesting!

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