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PM Cerar: We should not forget about compassion, solidarity and care for fellow humans

26.02.2016

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Slovenians have proven many times that we can be compassionate, work together and lend a helping hand. As PM Cerar says, we should preserve our humane approach when facing the migration crisis: “We should not forget about compassion, solidarity and care for fellow humans. There are people among the migrants who need our help, particularly vulnerable groups.” PM Cerar understands people’s fears, but stresses that they are groundless. While some half a million people have passed through Slovenia in the last several months, this has not disturbed our citizens and there have been no security incidents. He gave the assurance that he would do everything to continue to keep citizens and their property safe. Cerar urged Slovenians to believe in peace, tolerance, solidarity and aid.

The Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Maja Makovec Brenčič, noted that in these times tolerance is important, particularly when it comes to unaccompanied minors, who are a very vulnerable group. In terms of integration, Slovenia strives to achieve that immigrant children are included as much as possible in the education system, and that they learn the language of the host country and socialise. According to the minister, everyone should have a right to peaceful childhood and education. Multiculturalism is becoming a part of our everyday lives, and we should try to see it as an enriching experience and an opportunity to learn about diversity.

“Since the beginning of the migration crisis, Slovenia has been active, and this activity has yielded results – our initiative to stop irregular migration has been heard, accepted and supported by a large majority of leaders of European countries. It is also the only initiative to resolve the migration crisis that has begun to be implemented,” said Prime Minister Miro Cerar at Monday’s press conference after the meeting of the European Council.

At the meeting of interior ministers on Thursday in Brussels, the Slovenian interior minister Vesna Györkös Žnidar highlighted Slovenia's difficult situation and noted that our country was a credible partner in the Schengen area, doing everything the way it is supposed to do, so there is no reason to control internal borders, particularly our border with Austria. Internal borders are not a solution, because migrants still cross them, while the free flow of people and goods, a fundamental freedom in the EU, which is particularly important to a small country such as Slovenia, suffers. The minister also said that European solutions are too slow, so “in the absence of a European solution no measure can be understood as unilateral and unconstructive if it seeks to decrease the influx of migrants". She also noted that countries along the migration route cannot simply wait for a European solution, which is what they have been doing for the last few months. "At this moment we can all agree that there is no more time,” said the minister.

The special representative for economic relations with the Western Balkans was received by Prime Minister Miro Cerar to discuss migration, both in terms of its influence on economic cooperation in the EU and the region, and the Western Balkans, where sealing the borders could quickly lead to instability or conflict. Richard also presented preparations for the summit on the Western Balkans that begins this July in Paris, which will be attended by the Slovenian PM. He stressed that Slovenia was a reliable partner to France in the EU and its approach to the countries of the Western Balkans.

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