The heartbreaking images of Aylan Kurdi, the three year old boy found face down on a Turkish beach, shocked many in Europe, and prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel to open Germany’s borders to tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria. But Germany was soon overwhelmed by the scale of the human crisis, and felt that its EU partners were unwilling to shoulder their share of the burden. Border controls were quickly introduced.
Where do we go from here? Which vision for Europe will prevail, the open approach initially advocated by Germany? Or the closing of borders adopted by Denmark and Hungary? Should Europe provide asylum seekers with legal avenues into its territory? Should the Dublin regulations be scrapped?
These were the questions discussed during a live panel discussion in Malta on Friday 25th September 2015, at Dar l-Ewropa (“Europe House”). The event was organised by Debating Europe, in partnership with Leading Talks and Migrant Report.
Taking part in the debate were Mark Micallef, Chief Editor of Migrant Report, a non-profit organisation and website dedicated to migration issues; Roberta Metsola, MEP for Malta, European People’s Party; Carmelo Abela, Malta’s Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, and Miriam Dalli, MEP for Malta, Socialists & Democrats.
You can see the full video of the event below:
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