Rõivas discusses migrant crisis with Latvian colleague ({{commentsTotal}})

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas had a meeting with his Latvian counterpart, Laimdota Straujuma, in Riga on Thursday. The two prime ministers discussed the proposals on how to deal with the European migrant crisis that European Commission (EC) President Jean Claude Juncker unveiled on Wednesday.

“Naturally, we should focus on helping war refugees during crisis,” Rõivas said while introducing the views of the Estonian government to his Latvian colleague.

“Europe can overcome this crisis, if we manage to stand united and support one another. It is important that all member states contribute proportionally to their size. European solidarity is not a one-way street,” Rõivas added.

The heads of government agreed that root causes of the crisis and people’s need to escape the war should be dealt with simultaneously. Estonian and Latvian prime ministers said that countries should focus on the root causes of Europe’s migrant wave in the refugees’ countries of origin. “This requires gaining control over state borders and creating grounds for the Syrian peace process, as well as increasing support to frontline states like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey to help them cope better with refugees.”

EC President Jean-Claude Juncker has proposed to distribute 120,000 additional asylum seekers among EU nations. Estonia would admit 373 people, in addition to 150 refugees already agreed in June.

Editor: S. Tambur

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