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Kristeligt Dagbladet - Denmark | Monday, October 7, 2013

Opening up Europe won't solve Africa's problems

The instruments of refugee policy are not enough to prevent disasters like the Lampedusa tragedy, the Christian-oriented daily Kristeligt Dagblad contends: "You can't blame people for wanting to escape overpopulated and impoverished North Africa and making their way to Europe. But no one should entertain the illusion that Europe can solve Africa's problems by opening its borders. The only humane and sustainable course for the EU is to provide the region with massive development and humanitarian aid. The necessary development away from poverty in North Africa and the Middle East must happen in the region itself and not lead to the export of entire populations. Naturally this must also go hand in hand with the EU's commitment to continue taking in individually persecuted asylum-seekers."

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