Warsaw – ESI at public debate on Europe and the refugee crisis: what needs to be done

30 March 2022
Video: European Council on Foreign Relations

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to give a presentation at a debate on “Europe and the refugee crisis: what needs to be done.” The debate was organised by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

In his presentation, Gerald explained ESI’s proposal for an airlift for Ukrainian refugees resembling the efforts undertaken during the Berlin blockade in 1948 as a possible solution to the current refugee crisis caused by the Russian invasion. In addition, Gerald argued that this would not only be about helping people fleeing from Ukraine, but also bolster the authority and credibility of the West as a community of values. It would be a humane response to inhumane cynicism.

Gerald debated with Harlem Désir (Senior Vice President, Europe, The International Rescue Committee) and Marta Jaroszewicz (Assistant Professor, Centre of Migration of Warsaw University). The panel was moderated by Piotr Buras (Head of Warsaw Office, European Council on Foreign Relations).