Closed borders could result in large refugee camps on European soil

The Norwegian Refugee Council warns against the closing of European national borders, as this could result in large and unsustainable refugee camps elsewhere on European soil.

Ahead of the European Summit on February 18 and 19 where European leaders will discuss the migration and refugee crisis, NRC is calling on the European Union and its member states to resist the imposition of new border restrictions and instead agree a credible collective strategy to respond to the current migration challenge. If not, long-term and large scale refugee camps in Greece, the Balkans and elsewhere may be the end result.

“A European fortress approach, with closed borders, will only serve to dilute EU laws and values and send an appalling signal to the rest of the world regarding our commitment to uphold international refugee law”, said Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland.

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