Perception of migration: How to balance society’s compassion and fear?
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We regularly see images of overcrowded boats sinking in the Mediterranean, improvised refugee camps and chaotic crowds of people around fences, border controls, or soup kitchens. The complicated and conflicting emotions these images provoke make us all react differently to the changing demographics of our countries and continent.
How can we be in line with EU law and its founding values of respect for human rights and solidarity, while not acting against the well-being of our own citizens?
How can politicians and journalists talk about migration in Europe based on facts and data? How can the EU avoid that citizens exercising their rights and acting in accordance with EU values are criminalised when assisting migrants?