EC rejects putting immigrants on level with terrorists

Brussels, Nov. 26 (MNA) – The president of the European Commission (EC), Jean-Claude Juncker, criticized the tendency to put immigrants and refugees on level with potential terrorists.

Amid the migration crisis considered the worst since World War II, the EC president warned those dangerous and destructive ideas put refugees, immigrants, and those requesting political asylum on the same level with terrorists.

Following recent attacks in Paris with a total of 130 dead, some European countries used those events as argument to justify their refusal to give shelter to foreigners, considering them possible extremist attackers.

Addressing the European Parliament, Juncker reiterated that immigrants are not terrorists, but on the contrary, they are people escaping from territories where terrorist groups operate.

Juncker said that those who have carried out the attacks in Paris are exactly the same who force the most needed in the world to escape.

The EC president said that strengthening collaboration among the intelligence services of the European Union member nations is a priority to fight against the world terrorism threat.

Juncker noted that though the regional bloc agreed to reinforce joint work on terrorism since September 11 attacks in New York, it has been done few and the topic continues as a pending issue.

 

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