The bloc must look into building fences to avert a new migration crisis, Manfred Weber has said
FILE PHOTO: Migrants and refugees celebrate as they cross the border from Serbia into Hungary along the railway tracks. © Christopher Furlong / Getty Images
The EU must take decisive steps to stop illegal migration and consider putting up fences at the bloc’s external borders, Manfred Weber, the president of the European People’s Party (EPP), has stated.
Speaking on Sunday to Funke media group newspapers, Weber pointed to an increase in the number of illegal border crossings into the EU. He warned that the bloc’s members could “sleepwalk into a new migration crisis if they don’t act now.”
“This huge challenge must finally be taken seriously,” the president of the largest party in the European parliament said.
Weber suggested that “if necessary, fences must also be built, for example in the south-east of the EU” in order to control the migrant influx, urging the bloc to support funding for the constructions, and calling for efforts to boost patrol activities at the external borders.