The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said today that the capacity to host refugees from Europe is “close to its limits” and called for the intervention of the international community.
“The Europe’s capabilities to accommodate new waves of refugees, not to mention illegal migrants, are close to their limits,” said Donald Tusk at a joint press conference with European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, under the summit G20, which is held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.
“We must be realistic and pragmatic,” Tusk said, adding. “The problem is not only the refugees from war-torn countries like Syria (…) We talk about 60 million to 70 million displaced people in the world, a phenomenon that also it happens here in Asia. ”
Donald Tusk also said that “Only an effort on a global scale can give results,” appealing to the G20 members – including China, world economy – to take their share of responsibility.
The European Union is divided on the issue of refugees, a year after Germany has decided to open its doors to migrants.