MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The European Union member states should work together to address the core causes of the migration crisis and jointly tackle its consequences, President of the Senate of the Netherlands Ankie Broekers-Knol told Sputnik.
“What would be effective to reduce the migrant flow, we can’t do this tomorrow, is to help on the root causes of the migration question. To help people and to stop enormous fighting that is going on the Middle East for instance,” Broekers-Knol said on the sidelines of the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament in Strasbourg.
"What is necessary in a crisis like this that we need to work together in the European Union to cope with this enormous flow of refugees and migrants. This problem can’t be solved by one country itself, we have to work together," Broekers-Knol pointed out.
The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The EU border agency Frontex recorded more than 1.8 million illegal border crossings into the bloc in 2015.