|Naturefriends Congress calls for revision of the asylum and refugee legislations in Europe|
Olomouc, 13 June 2015
“Instead of offering humanitarian aid – providing temporary shelter, access to education and the opportunity to work – European discussions revolve around how to fight the growing waves of refugees through military means or the police. Taking into account the fact that the European countries are amongst the wealthiest economies worldwide, this is not only inappropriate, but a very cynical way to treat people looking for help, and even contrary to international law,” said Manfred Pils, the president of Naturefriends International who was re-elected by a large majority during the congress.
The Congress of Naturefriends International thus calls on the European governments to comprehensively revise the European asylum policies. The key aspects of this demand are
“If Europe can afford to pay hundreds of billions of Euros to ‘save’ creditors and banks, a few millions to save refugees ought not be a problem. Current expenses used for military and technical state-of-the-art equipment for the defence against refugees would be better spent on orderly asylum and immigration policies,” said Manfred Pils. Human trafficking can best be fought by offering those looking for help orderly asylum procedures at the EU embassies in their home countries or the opening of an asylum procedure as soon as they officially enter the EU.