NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 16 – «No country can do it by itself. But if everybody joins forces expressing solidarity, the current challenges posed by the migration crisis will get an adequate response”. In an interview with the Italian daily La Stampa and with other European media, the new UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, answers to a question about the situation of migrants and refugees in Italy.
67 years old Guterres came to New York after a 10-years mandate as the head of UNHCR. As his predecessor Ban Ki-moon, he believes the main focus should be put on the root causes of the refugee emergency. “Refugees should not exist”, he said to the New York correspondent of La Stampa, Paolo Mastrolilli. With this premise, the Secretary General added that, in his view, the European Union could have done better. After all, “in 2016, European countries received about a million people, that is only 2% of the whole population”, he said.
The crisis could have been better managed “with a larger investment on the acceptance areas, that is, lodgings, administration, controls, including security, and the the capacity to distribute people in a proportional basis based on the capacities of each nation”, Guterres said.
The Secretary General was interviewed by Mastrolilli together with Julian Borger of the “Guardian”, Matthias Kolb of “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”, and Gilles Paris of “Le Monde”. To read the interview in Italian, click here. (@OnuItalia)