Peace and Migration: Cross-Regional Perspectives
While Middle Eastern countries struggle under the weight of millions of refugees, European nations offer opened doors or high fences. Today's crises raise questions of economic survival and cultural identity. Is migration a right? Is hospitality an obligation? How to balance the needs for integration and the preservation of one's native culture? Panelists will address these questions and recommend principles, policies and action steps that can lead to sustainable models for peaceful coexistence.
Moderator: Mr. David Fraser Harris, Secretary General, UPF Middle East and North Africa
Let me come back to the title of this conference where the question is, “Is migration a right and is hospitality an obligation?”. We should investigate this from the point of view of international law and the practical reality, because it is not always possible to use these two spheres together.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me express how much I feel honored to participate in this conference dedicated to peace in the world, in the perspective of respect for life and common understanding among peoples.
We don’t need hospitality, but to take responsibility for the sake of the world. It is our responsibility if the Middle East is destabilized, since we went into Irak without an exit strategy and this was destabilizing for the whole region and is the main reason why we have so many refugees now.