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Discours du Premier ministre au Sommet des dirigeants sur la Crise mondiale des réfugiés organisé par les Etats-Unis

I would like to warmly thank the US President for today’s important initiative.

The refugee challenge we face today, is a global one. Either we will manage to face it collectively, comprehensively and on the basis of international law, or we will fail.

One of the places in the world where this is tested the most today, is Greece. A country that faced an influx of 1.2 million migrants in less than a year and a half. Where nearly 60,000 migrants remain stranded, after our northern borders were shut off through unilateral steps. If we were talking, let’s say, about Britain, in relative terms this would amount to a population of 520,000!

Greece is a country whose people – despite the deep economic crisis they face – prove their support every day. A country whose asylum service – which didn’t exist three years ago – deals with the fourth largest number of asylum applications in Europe; whose authorities, together with the Turkish and European authorities, try to implement the very difficult, but necessary EU-Turkey Agreement, leading to the radical decrease of flows and, most importantly, deaths in the Aegean Sea, replacing the irregular, dangerous route of the Aegean, with a legal one to Europe.

If this effort in Greece – supported by many EU states – fails, it is the most xenophobic and nationalist voices that will win out in Europe. Forces that believe, preserving international law is a luxury and sharing the responsibility of refugees an unacceptable imposition.

This is why, today more than ever, we need a strong international initiative that will establish a new global framework for refugee management, undercutting the xenophobic migration agenda.

This framework must increase:

·       support to countries hosting refugees

·       returns of people not in need of international protection and the resettlement and relocation of those in need of it

·       initiatives to tackle the root causes of migration, including by ensuring peace in Syria

·       security cooperation against trafficking networks

Today, this global framework is more necessary than ever. A fact we know in Greece very well.

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Discours du Premier ministre lors de la 4ème Table Ronde de l’Assemblée Générale de l’ONU :

« Stratégie mondiale pour le partage de responsabilité pour les réfugiés et le respect du droit international »


I would like to welcome today’s panel. I believe it is a very crucial panel for our broader discussions on management of large-scale migration.

The large number of people fleeing poverty, conflicts and war, in the past two years, has found many countries – especially in Europe – unprepared. Understandably, sudden increases in flows of migrants, have caused worry – if not fear – among societies that have already felt the impact of economic crisis.

Nevertheless, too often, the immediate, xenophobic response has been a call to sacrifice international law and push back refugees, even risking their lives in the sea. Too often, the respect of international law has been seen as a luxury and not an integral part of comprehensive and effective migration management. Too often, sharing the responsibility for people fleeing war and persecution, has been rejected as a responsibility only of front-line states.

Yet, it must be said, here, today at the United Nations, that respecting international law in migration management, and responsibility-sharing for refugees, are not luxuries. Neither is it only a responsibility of frontline states or states neighbouring conflicts.

This is a global and regional crisis and only with responses at these levels can we address it. It cannot be dealt with effectively if we sacrifice our values and if each country pushes the pressure to the next.

Of course, there are many challenges that must be addressed. We need to find ways to better protect our borders through police cooperation and anti-trafficking operations. And in this direction, the European Border and Coast Guard will soon be established by the EU. We need to increase international cooperation in order to ensure return of people whose asylum applications have been rejected.  To stop irregular, dangerous routes and replace them with legal ones.

But none of these measures can stand alone. We need a global, comprehensive, collective response to migration management, supported of course at regional and national level. In Europe we are already working on the EU-Turkey Agreement and other regional compacts, in this direction.

But we need to develop a broader-global compact that will:

·       increase economic and personnel support to countries hosting refugees

·       increase returns of people who are not in need of international protection and the resettlement and relocation of refugees

·       increase diplomatic initiatives and funding to tackle the root causes of migration

·       increase police, border and coast guard cooperation to eradicate trafficking networks

The challenges we face today in migration cannot be dealt with, with the old, national, regional or even global tools. We must find a new, effective way to cooperate on a global level, on the basis of our values.

And I look forward to today’s discussion in this direction.


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