Frauke Lisa Seidensticker
For more than a year now, we have heard the phrase ‘refugee crisis’ used by politicians, the media, and the public. And a crisis it undoubtedly is. However, it is not the refugees who are causing the crisis, but the lack of their protection and the solidarity needed to guarantee that protection. Europe will have failed if we fail on this issue. It is so integral to the values on which the EU was founded, and it is currently having such devastating consequences for the people trying to reach Europe’s shores. The rights to life and to dignity enshrined in EU and international law are not negotiable.