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Dutch PM Warns EU to Avoid Roman Empire's Fate Amid Refugee Crisis

© AFP 2021 / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry from Lesbos island in the port of Piraeus on October 6, 2015. Some 7000 migrants and refugees are expected to arrive to the port of Piraeus on October 6, on chartered or line ferries, according to Greek media
Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry from Lesbos island in the port of Piraeus on October 6, 2015. Some 7000 migrants and refugees are expected to arrive to the port of Piraeus on October 6, on chartered or line ferries, according to Greek media - Sputnik International
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The European Union must improve border protection, as an ongoing massive refugee inflow threatens the integrity of the bloc, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Rutte, whose country assumes the rotating EU presidency in January, said that southern nations of the European Union have not yet implemented policies to tackle the "massive influx" of refugees from the Middle East and central Asia.

"As we all know from the Roman empire, big empires go down if the borders are not well-protected," Rutte was quoted as saying by the Financial Times newspaper. "So we really have an imperative that it is handled."

Europe has been beset by a refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries to escape violence and poverty. EU border agency Frontex recorded over 1.2 million illegal border crossings into the European Union in the first 10 months of 2015.

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