An emotionally and physically intense two-day workshop on the Greek island of Lesvos was the kick-off of an event series called “The European Refugee Crisis: Liberal Answers to Challenges on Land & Sea” co-hosted by the Greek project office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and the European Liberal Forum (ELF). Participants from fourteen different European countries took the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the refugee crisis, its repercussions on the population of the Aegean islands and the refugees alike, and the latest European strategies to absorb its impact.
To get a clear picture of the current situation, the group visited the “Kara Tepe” refugee camp and met with its manager Stavros Mirogiannis who dedicates nearly every minute of his day to deal with the inhabitants’ needs. “Europe needs people like Stavros since they are the ones who ensure a humane and yet consistent regulated treatment of refugees”, Andreas Glück, a Member of Parliament in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, noted afterwards. “Without committed people like him, every humanitarian legislation adopted by politicians would fail.” Continue reading