The European Union is struggling to respond to a surge of migrants that has resulted in thousands of deaths, with conditions worsening as winter approaches. The largest movement of people in Europe since 1945 has raised doubts about open borders and the Schengen zone, while sparking a dispute over burden-sharing and even European values.
In past weeks, the Western Balkans migration route has been at the center of attention due to the massive numbers passing through these countries. This led to the organization of the 25 October crisis meeting with leaders representing Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia to improve cooperation and tackle the refugee crisis in the region. However, with winter approaching and the root causes of the migration crisis still unaddressed in the Middle East and Africa, is the EU and its Member States doing enough? Or are we at a breaking point?
Against this background, YPFP Brussels will launch its "YPFP Briefings" series event to discuss the migration crisis in the Western Balkans.
- Andrew Rasbash, European Commission Policy Officer responsible for Western Balkans migration issues within DG NEAR at the European Commission
- Minos Mouzourakis, Asylum Information Database (AIDA) Coordinator, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
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