Refugee council head warns of Armageddon scenario facing Europe

The secretary general of the Danish Refugee Council calls for new ways to tackle the situation

The current refugee crisis could lead to total collapse of European society, worries Andreas Kamm, the secretary general of Dansk Flygtningehjælp (Danish Refugee Council).

While the numbers of refugees and migrants seeking asylum in Europe are historically high, political institutions handling the flow of refugees are under increased pressure.

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Facing Armageddon
Kamm believes the European community is facing “an outright Armageddon scenario”.

“We are experiencing a historical imbalance between the very high numbers of refugees and migrants and the global capacity to provide them with protection and assistance,” Kamm told Jyllands-Posten.

“We are running the risk that conflicts between the migrants and local populations will go awry and escalate.”

Permanent challenge
Kamm estimates the current stream of refugees represents a permanent challenge and calls for new ways to address and solve the problems.

“We cannot be required to destroy our own society,” Kamm stated.

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The Danish immigration minister, Inger Støjberg, calls the refugee situation “extraordinary” but possible to solve.

Støjberg rejects the idea that Denmark should seek common solutions to the asylum issues within the EU framework.