Amid the growing global migration crisis, the head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, suggests that the way Europe has dealt with the arrival of refugees from Ukraine due to the Russian invasion could serve as a model for confronting the avalanche of migrants around the world. Grandi praises the European response that included access to education, healthcare, employment, and freedom of movement for Ukrainian refugees, highlighting that these policies have contributed to social cohesion rather than undermining it.
Despite the criticism and politicization of the migration crisis, Grandi emphasizes that addressing this problem is not a matter of slogans or quick solutions but of understanding its complexity and requiring resources and time. He stresses the importance of explaining to the public that immigration issues are complex and that long-term solutions are needed.
Grandi also emphasizes that solutions must address the root causes of migration, such as poverty, conflict, and drought. Furthermore, he advocates for the creation of safer and orderly channels for migrants to reach Europe, as well as an efficient rescue system at sea.
The migration crisis is not limited to rich countries, as many displaced people flee to poorer nations. Grandi emphasizes the need to maintain humanitarian aid at a time when budgets are decreasing and needs are increasing.
In December, Grandi will co-chair the World Refugee Forum in Geneva alongside French President Emmanuel Macron. He hopes this event will be a moment of unity at a time when nations are increasingly divided, even in the context of the Ukraine war.
The call for unity and global cooperation is presented as essential to addressing the migration crisis that affects millions of people around the world.