Amoral: Estonia is reluctant to take refugees


Estonia must take in more refugees

Estonia’s government is reluctant to take in further refugees under a system of proportional distribution within the EU.

This is not only amoral but also short-sighted, columnist Ahto Lobjakas argues in the liberal daily Postimees:

“What gives the Estonian government the right to demand that refugees remain on the Mediterranean coast or be returned to their country of origin? … This makes a mockery of the tens of thousands of Estonian citizens who sought refuge in the West after World War II. There are hells which leave people with no option but to flee, and our moralisers are revealing a major lack of morals. … Estonia’s opposition to taking in any refugees is also politically short-sighted. We need the solidarity of the Western European states in our struggle against Russia. Fifty to a hundred refugees wouldn’t break Estonia’ back but they would be a powerful argument in support of our belonging to Europe.”

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