British Peer Proposes Resettling Middle Eastern Refugees in Central Asia
On September 16, Lord Desai stood up in the British House of Lords and proposed what he acknowledged to be a “utopian” solution to a burgeoning crisis that has challenged EU cohesion: Brussels should work via the United Nations to develop and fund a plan to resettle refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern states in Central Asia.
“There are sparsely populated countries in Central Asia – Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Mongolia and so on. There, [in Central Asia] population density is one-hundredth of the population density in Europe,” Lord Desai said. “I would like the United Nations to arrange a transfer of as many migrants and refugees as possible, with the cooperation of those countries, to settle in those countries.”
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