Ex-Australina PM asks Europe to follow Australia and close borders to migrants
Oct.28, London: Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia has said that Europe should follow Australia and close its borders to migrants fleeing from Middle Eastern conflicts.
Speaking at the second annual Margaret Thatcher lecture in London, Abbott said "misguided altruism" was "leading much of Europe into catastrophic error".
Under Abbott, Australia introduced border controls that stopped migrant boats reaching the country.
Hundreds of thousands of people have now fled conflicts in the Middle East - mostly Syria - and sought asylum in European countries.
The UN said that most arrivals were not economic migrants, but people fleeing war and persecution. Most are arriving by boat before walking across Europe.
The Oslo Times