The Refugee Crisis: Short and Long Term Solutions, by Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta

Syrian Refugees - Photo by Freedom House

José Manuel Ramos-Horta, former President of Timor-Leste (2007-2012) and member of the Club de Madrid, published a few days ago a statement with possible short and long term solutions for the refugees crisis. You can read it in the following link.

Photo: Freedom House

President Ramos-Horta argued that Western and Latin America countries “should open their arms to fellow human beings, women and children, fleeing the catastrophes of the Middle East and Africa”. He suggested that these countries should accommodate refugees starting with families with small and teen age children.

The article’s main idea is that national and international institutions would have to be mobilized to assist in absorbing the impact of the refugees and creating economic opportunities for them. Ramos-Horta highlighted that “experience has shown how refugees have never been a burden or a threat to the host countries.”

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