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November 30, 2017

Council of Europe’s Commissioner: Attitude to migrants in Europe may become time-bomb

The situation in the European countries with the integration of migrants, in particular, the provision of temporary statuses to them and the prolongation of the family reunification processes may become a “time-bomb” for Europe, Nils Muižnieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights said presenting the 3rd quarterly activity report 2017. 

“One of my big fears is that, in the attempt to placate short-term public pressures and hostility to migration, policy-makers may be planting a time-bomb for the future. This is because many of the temporary measures – especially granting persons in need of protection only short-term, unstable forms of status and restricting their possibilities for family reunification – will only hinder the integration of the new arrivals,” Muižnieks explained. 

According to him, the shortcomings of integration will be, in turn, explained by the fact that the migrants are “too culturally different” or that they do not want to integrate. 

“Moderate, mainstream politicians may be digging their own graves and creating a larger electorate for their populist far-right competitors,” the Commissioner said. 

It should be emphasized that the report does not indicate the violation of human rights on the occupied territories in the east of Ukraine. As for the human rights violation in Crimea, the Commissioner noted that on September11, a statement on his social media accounts were published on his behalf “expressing concerns about the conviction of Akhtem Chiygoz”, and “doubts as to the compatibility of the criminal sentence with the European Convention on Human Rights.”