Migration is facing Europe with one of the biggest challenges of this generation

Migration is facing Europe with one of the biggest challenges of this generation

Tirana, 27 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

Migration is facing Europe with one of the biggest challenges of this generation, says the head of OSCE Presence in Albania, Robert Wilton.

Seen as a security issue and from the possible relationship between migration, trafficking and terrorism, Wilton says that this collective and trans-national threat may only be addressed through one collective and trans-national reaction.

“The main challenge is the challenge of humanism. Migrants and refugees include people who have left their country from the fear of war and persecution, victims of trafficking and human beings and those who fear forced labor. These people have suffered, but they also have their rights, which we are obliged to protect both morally and legally. This is our challenge: balance the necessary protection of borders with the protection of the values of our civilization. Let us show that the answer doesn’t lie on walls, but hospitality”, he added.

Mr. Wilton’s declarations were made last night at the opening of the International Festival of Film on Human Rights. Wilton is a chairman of the board of the festival.

The eleventh edition of the International Festival Film on Human Rights started with the documentary “Fire at sea” (Fuoco a mare), winner of the Golden Lion in the Festival of Berlin and will continue until 1 October. /balkaneu.com/