Vienna – 24 February 2011 – Efus calls Europe to support local authorities of southern Europe faced with major influxes of migrants, according to a resolution it released after a meeting of its executive committee, on 24 February 2011 in Vienna (Austria). This resolution will be debated at the Efus general assembly on 19 May 2011 in Genoa (Italy).
The Forum felt it necessary to publicly voice its concern over the situation created in towns and cities of the Mediterranean area of Europe by the surge in illegal immigration coming from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly in the wake of the recent popular upheavals in these countries. Athens announced in January 2011 it planned to build a wall along its border with Turkey, in the north-east of Greece.
The town of Alexandroupolis, a member of the Forum and situated in the region where the wallwould be built, has invited the Efus executive committee to come and visit the area, in order to gather first-hand information and meet local authorities.
“The massive influx of illegal migrants is first and foremost a humanitarian problem which requires European solidarity: It is not a security issue,” says the resolution. “It is clear that southern European local authorities cannot face the consequences of the current crisis alone. They need the support of their national states, and solidarity from the whole of Europe.”