As the war between Israel and Palestine continues, European leaders are concerned about the possibility of a situation similar to the 2015 refugee crisis due to the conflicts in Gaza. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said: “Stability in the region is in the interest of the Europeans. If Israel and Egypt become unstable, migration flows from this region will immediately come to Europe.”
While the conflicts between Israel and Hamas continue in all their violence on the 22nd, the European leader says that the war could cause a situation similar to the refugee crisis of 2015.
According to Euronews, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán drew attention to the “danger of terrorism,” while his outgoing Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki said that “this conflict will certainly be accompanied by another large wave of illegal immigration.”
“Stability in the region is in the interest of the Europeans”
Speaking during the summit in Brussels, Orban said: “Stability in the region is in the interest of the Europeans. If Israel and Egypt become unstable, migration flows from this region will immediately come to Europe.”
Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides, concerned about the conflict spreading to Lebanon, expressed hope that the European Union would be “ready to respond to this problem” and help “frontline countries” like his own.
“2015 showed us what can happen.”
European Parliament President Roberta Mizzola also pointed out this danger. The Maltese President said: “If the conflict is prolonged, we must also think about refugees like the Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This is a reality that could take us back to the situation we witnessed before. 2015 showed us what can happen.”
Many European Union countries, where about 4 million Ukrainian refugees live, say they are against new waves of migration.
In 2015, Europe witnessed an influx of refugees, most of them Syrians, due to the deterioration of living conditions in Syrian refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.