Migration and Home Affairs

60th anniversary of the Geneva Convention on Refugees - Cecilia Malmström in Geneva

"In an ideal world, there would not be any conflicts or wars and there would be no reason for people to leave their homes and countries to seek protection elsewhere. Unfortunately this is not very likely to happen. There have been wars and conflicts as long as mankind has existed. However, this does not mean we should not reinforce our efforts to strive for peace, democracy and human rights. We must work harder to fight climate change and inequalities. And what we certainly can do is strive for the creation of well functioning asylum systems in as many places as possible - where people in need of protection can get access to protection and have the right to an individual assessment of their case, in open and fair systems," Cecilia Malmström said today during the EU UNHCR Ministerial Meeting in Geneva today.

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Thursday, 8 December, 2011