G20 Summit: Europe's capabilities to host new waves of refugees close to limits - Tusk (video)

13:29 Sep. 4, 2016

Europe's capabilities to host new waves of refugees close to limits - Tusk (video)

European Council President Donald Tusk walks by flags of the EU countries prior to a meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels on Sept. 2, 2016 (AP Photo)

Remarks by EU Council President before the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China

EU Council President Donald Tusk said that the EU's capacities to accept new refugees almost reached its limits.

He said that at a joint press conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Guangzhou (China), prior to the G20 summit, on September 4.

"The practical capabilities of Europe to host new waves of refugees, not to mention irregular economic migrants, are close to the limits", Tusk said.

According to him "the migration and refugee crisis is a global challenge which requires global solutions based on order, responsibility and solidarity".

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"In light of an unprecedented number of 65 million displaced people all over the world, the G20 community needs to scale up its share of responsibility. Only global efforts supporting refugees and their host communities will be able to bear fruit. That is why we want to encourage our partners to increase humanitarian and development aid, as well as refugee resettlement", Tusk added.

In this regard, the President of the European Council is convinced that the international community must eliminate fundamental causes forcing millions of people to leave their homes and seek refuge elsewhere.

"The G20 has the expertise to make practical contributions through trade, development cooperation and refugees' access to education and labour market, and it must make use of it. We will urge the G20 to seize the opportunity of the forthcoming summits on refugees and migrants hosted by the UN and President Obama to increase aid and resettlements by countries outside Europe", Tusk said.

The G20 summit take place on September 4-5 in China

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