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Marina Kaljurand at the annual human rights conference: the EU can emerge from the migration crisis stronger by acting uniformly


10. December 2015 - 21:34
Marina Kaljurand at the annual human rights conference: the EU can emerge from the migration crisis stronger by acting uniformly

Today, when speaking on the topic of migration at the annual human rights conference, Foreign Minister Kaljurand said that even though European countries have varying concerns in relation to the migration crisis, finding a solution to situation is the shared responsibility of all Member States. “Europe can only come out of this crisis by acting jointly; by adhering to the Schengen principles and securing their external borders,” Kaljurand noted.

The Foreign Minister added that it is important to distinguish between economic migrants and the beneficiaries of international protection. Also, you cannot equate refugees and terrorists.

When receiving beneficiaries of international protection, or refugees, their knowledge of what lies ahead is very important. "First of all, these people must very clearly know where they are arriving, what benefits and what the country awaits them. Only in a knowledgeable manner and voluntarily can refugees be directed to Estonia,” the Foreign Minister stressed, adding that it is important to think through how they can best be integrated into Estonian society.

Estonia's contribution to the Middle East and North African region through development cooperation and humanitarian aid was close to 3.2 million in 2011. During the same period, we have supported Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey and Iraq with 1.8 million euros. In addtions, Estonia participates actively in improving the protection of the external borders of the European Union, Estonian experts are involved in the work of both the FRONTEX border agency, as well as the MED EUNAVFOR military operation in the Mediterranean.

An annual conference on human rights, entitled “Human Rights in Changing Times”, was organised by the Institute of Human Rights and held today in Tallinn. Foreign Minister Kaljruand participated in the migration panel along with Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, the Romanian Foreign Ministry Daniel loniţă and the Swedish Foreign Ministry’s Special Diplomatic Representative regarding migration issues Jan Knutsson. The panel was moderated by Indrek Treufeldt.

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