Refugee crisis has only been postponed, not solved

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BELGRADE – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Wednesday that the refugee crisis had only been postponed, not solved.

“This is the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. It has shook the foundations of the EU and showed that EU countries are motivated by selfishness rather than solidarity,” Vucic said at a conference titled ‘Asylum and migration system: refugee crisis and reform processes’, which is under way in Belgrade.

The crisis, Vucic said, had showed how all the other countries, which were not part of the EU, treated refugees, how the rule of law was followed and how principles were respected.

Serbia will do everything it can to be part of a comprehensive solution, if any be there, he said.

“If no common European solution is found, we will behave as people and respect the principles of solidarity,” said Vucic.

Vucic pointed out that 651,000 migrants had entered Serbia the year before, and 100,000 more people had entered the country since the beginning of the current year, and they had all been registered and provided accommodation, healthcare services and protection.

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