Answers of the UN to proposals of modifying the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees
In 2015, about a million refugees left combat zones and dreadful living conditions in their home countries hoping for a better situation in Western European countries, despite life endangering travels.
This situation led to huge influx of individuals and families putting an unusual pressure on European countries to welcome these refugees asking for asylum according to international laws. And, despite divisions among its state members concerning their capacities and concerns for the security of its borders, the European Union is committed to the welcoming of these populations.
However, one of the latest developments in the opposition to the welcoming of refugees was made by Lars Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, suggesting modifying the 1951 refugee convention signed by the UN members. Doing so would allow European countries to send back Refugees to transit countries even if they do not recognize the rights of refugees, such as Turkey.
As an answer, two senior UN officials warned against this temptation and highlighted the importance of the refugee conventions as one of the greatest instrument developed by humanity.
According to them, the main challenge remain for European countries to develop a collective international cooperation strategy and responsibility-sharing solutions, given that refugees will keep coming to Europe.
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