Vienna – ESI in TV debate on refugee policy with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

2 September 2020

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a live TV debate organised by Kronen Zeitung in Vienna. Under the title “5 years of refugee crisis” Gerald debated with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Klaus Schwertner, CEO of Caritas Austria.

They discussed open and closed border policies, the political debate in Austria regarding migration, the crisis in the Moria refugee camp, human rights, and political responsibility. Moreover, Gerald stressed that "the solution is to support people where they are. But it is also important to receive people in an orderly manner and send back those who do not need protection. Unfortunately, this system has not been applied for six months. Most Europeans were not affected at all. Unfortunately, we also had a great many deaths, I think that could have been avoided".