In early January, during an interview with Gulf News in Dubai, H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, stated that political stability must be achieved to overcome the ‘refugee crisis’, as the primary cause of recent refugee flows is States’ vulnerability.

“Political instability in certain countries has resulted in a climate of insecurity, especially after the latest terrorist attacks. The recent massive influx of refugees and asylum seekers, fleeing their own countries to seek refuge within European borders, has also undoubtedly created political, economic and cultural challenges for most of these States.” – He added.

“We need to start addressing the need for better mechanisms to deal with such problems, contain their implications, suggest ways to prevent them from happening and hold those responsible accountable. It is time for the international community to work collectively to take a more proactive role in these situations since their implications are no longer confined to one country or region.” – He then underscored. “Not only should the consequences of this refugee crisis be addressed, but also, and with greater urgency, its root causes. In this regard, more action should be taken by the international community to prevent and end conflict situations in the countries of origin of refugees. (…) There is a need for more support for human rights and democracy building in potential refugee-sending countries. It is furthermore essential to create a unified front in the interest of the effective management of the refugee crisis, and to translate such crisis management plans into specific action, prioritising long term and systemic solutions to the serious problem of irregular immigration rather than enforcing mandatory quotas.” 

To read the full interview, please click here.

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