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Spain’s Jesuit Immigration Services (Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, or SJM) agency has called on the Spanish government and society not to let the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris by Islamic State terrorists become an excuse to limit the number of Syrian refugees entering Spain.
Speaking at Madrid’s Universidad Pontificia de Comillas during a the presentation of a report on the refugee crisis, “Crisis of solidarity: Solidarity to face the crisis,” SJM attorney Cristina Manzanedo noted that Syrian refugees are themselves fleeing from ISIS terrorists and that anti-Western terrorist attacks should not be allowed to undermine Europe’s determination to give refugees shelter from the violence in Syria and elsewhere.
Manzaneda said that the European response to the refugee crisis has been “exasperatingly slow” but that the quota system now in place among European countries is in theory adequate to cope with the current problem. In practice, however, she noted that the slow implementation of the current plan to distribute the refugees among EU member states could still have tragic consequences if the refugees continue to be detained at European frontiers as winter approaches.