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In the name of solidarity: A bunch of refugees from Africa for the Baltics


Edward Lucas on East Europe’s lack of solidarity in the refugee crisis

The mostly hostile reactions by East European countries to being asked by the EU to take in refugees outrages British journalist Edward Lucas and expert on Eastern Europe on the website 15min:

Edward Lucas

Edward Lucas

All countries from the former Soviet Union have experienced forced migration (due to deportations, and the emigration of their people abroad) and the Baltic countries have also witnessed forced immigration [settlement of Russians].

Now in the name of solidarity these countries are being asked to take in a bunch of refugees from Africa and the Middle East.

The result: they are frozen in fear. …

Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians and others all know what it means to risk one’s life in order to avoid an even worse fate.

Others are now in this situation, fleeing from Eritrea, Syria and other countries with levels of barbarism that would leave even Stalin’s accomplices twitching.

They have earned solidarity. Yes, some migrants are perhaps in search of a better life. So what? It’s not long ago that people from the region we like to call ‘Eastern Europe’ were doing the same.

Andrzej Vilenski
Andrzej Vilenski, the Baltic Review correspondent is a PhD student at the University of Vilnius, studying policy.

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