Migration is one of the biggest humanitarian issues of our time. How should humanitarian organizations position themselves, now that the call for a fortress Europe is getting stronger? Should they continue to hold on to their moral values, or be more willing to bend to the public opinion?
According to John Dalhuisen, former director for Europe at Amnesty International and Senior Fellow at European Stability Initiative, humanitarian organizations should compromise on their ethical and moral standards, when it comes to migration. In the face of surging support for far right parties and political agendas, they have to search for humane migration policies that are sellable to the majority of the European citizens.
On Tuesday the 23rd of October, Dalhuisen discussed his argumentation with Marieke Mol (senior policy officer at the Bureau Migration Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Evelien van Roemburg (Oxfam Novib) and Arjan Hehenkamp (Deputy Director for St. Vluchteling). What do they think about his call to compromise? Should they continue to hold on to their moral values, or be more willing to bend to the public opinion? Listen to the debate below.