Egypt leader criticizes Europe’s handling of migrant crisis

Egypt’s leader has criticized Europe’s handling of the migration crisis and its refusal to obtain refugees arriving at its borders, saying his personal nation has taken in thousands and thousands of individuals who left their residence nations

President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi stated Egypt hosts a minimum of 6 million individuals who fled battle and poverty at residence. He stated his authorities, in contrast to another nations, doesn’t maintain migrants in refugee camps however permits them to reside freely in the neighborhood.

For years, folks fleeing battle and poverty within the Middle East have made harmful journeys throughout the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, looking for security and a greater life in Western Europe.

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But after the arrival of greater than 1,000,000 folks in 2015, European Union nations put up concrete and razor-wire partitions, put in drone surveillance and lower offers with Turkey and Libya to maintain migrants away.

“I’m speaking about big numbers, not about 5 or ten thousand, (that) our pals in Europe refuse to obtain,” el-Sissi stated.

He stated his authorities supplies training, well being care and different companies to all migrants and refugees regardless of his nation’s restricted sources and financial strains.

“We made what now we have out there (for them) without making a fuss,” he stated.

Egypt has for many years been a refuge for sub-Saharan African migrants attempting to flee battle or poverty. For some, Egypt is a vacation spot and a haven, the closest and best nation for them to enter. For others, it’s a level of transit earlier than making an attempt the harmful Mediterranean crossing to Europe.

The U.N.’s International Organization for Migration says Egypt hosts greater than 6 million migrants, greater than half of them from Sudan and South Sudan, the place simmering conflicts proceed to displace tens of 1000’s of folks yearly. Many of these migrants have established their very own businesses, others work within the big casual financial system as avenue distributors and home cleaners.

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El-Sissi stated his authorities has lately tightened border safety and managed to forestall Egypt from turning into a departure level for migrants fleeing battle and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

The IOM says the quantity of migrant departures from Egypt’s coasts has drastically dropped since 2016. The quantity of Egyptians crossing to Europe was seven instances decrease in 2020 in comparison with 2016, the company stated, falling to round 750 from 4,873 in 2016.

“We didn’t enable folks to make use of Egypt as a crossing level the place folks cross into the unknown and face a really harsh future within the Mediterranean whereas migrating to Europe,” he stated.

El-Sissi’s feedback got here at a world youth convention, “World Youth Forum,” which the Egyptian authorities organizes within the Red Sea metropolis of Sharm el-Sheikh.

With restrictions and tight safety on Europe’s Mediterranean borders, a brand new path to the European Union has emerged by the forests and swamps of Eastern Europe.

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In latest months, folks from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere have flown to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on vacationer visas after which traveled by automobile — many apparently aided by smugglers — to the border.

The three EU nations that border Belarus — Poland, Lithuania and Latvia — accuse Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of appearing to destabilize their societies.

Poland has denied entry to 1000’s of migrants and refused to allow them to apply for asylum, violating worldwide human rights conventions. The nation has been criticized by human rights teams at residence and overseas.

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