Even before the current crisis migration was a complex and divisive issue for the European Union. The surge in recent months of vast numbers of people seeking refuge in Europe has merely superheated the debate, with the inadequacies of the EU’s asylum system and policy starkly exposed.
Point of view
We have seen a huge wave of solidarity from citizens for refugees; the same solidarity I would really like to see from the heads of states and governments.
The crisis has also highlighted the weaknesses of the Schengen Agreement and some now question whether the open internal borders concept has a future.
As Europe’s leaders scramble to find a solution Chris Burns gets to the heart of the matter with a panel of three guests reflecting different perspectives on this tragic problem.
Joining Chris at the European Parliament are: John Fredrikson, Western Europe representative for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, :Ska keller”:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/fr/96734/SKA_KELLER_home.html, vice-chair of the Greens/European Free Alliance in the parliament and Ray Finch, an MEP from Britain’s anti-EU party, UKIP.
Click on the video to watch the debate.