This week European Union leaders will meet to discuss migration policy. This is an opportunity to prevent some of the dangerous journeys which have taken the lives of hundreds of refugees over the last few years.

The EU must create a safe and legal route for refugees. As part of this effort, the EU could set up facilities to process resettlement applications in countries such as Lebanon and Jordan. These countries are under huge strain, accommodating millions of people in overstretched and often dangerous refugee camps. In this situation, it is not surprising that people risk perilous journeys in boats or lorries in search of a better life in Europe.

The EU needs to take shared responsibility for refugees. What is the EU for, if not to share responsibility for the most vulnerable people? And Brexit does not mean that the UK can drop this responsibility. After the UK leaves the EU, it should continue to cooperate closely on refugee policy.

We are living through a global refugee crisis, which will not be solved by closing borders or building walls.

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