The president of Macedonia outlines the challenges his country and its neighbours face in regards to the European migrant crisis.
Gjorge Ivanov, President, Republic of Macedonia
Chair: Sir Andrew Wood, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House; British Ambassador to Yugoslavia (1985-89)
The president of Macedonia outlines the challenges his country and its neighbours face in regards to the European migrant crisis. He provides an insight into the mounting pressure the countries of southern Europe face politically, socially and economically as a result of such dramatic increases in migrant arrivals. He offers his views on what are the necessary international responses to this ongoing crisis and what lessons can be learned from mistakes made at both a national and supranational level.
What is the role of regional Balkans cooperation, the European Union, NATO and other international organizations in this context? And what are the economic, political and security implications of countries failing to act on this issue in a coordinated and unified way?