EU warned of new ‘waves of migration’ — RT World News

Food crisis fueled by conflict in Ukraine will lead to new influx of refugees into Europe, says Frontex

The EU must prepare for new “waves of migration” amid the food security crisis fueled by the Ukrainian conflict, Aija Kalnaja, the new acting director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, also known as Frontex, warned Monday.

Speaking to reporters in Prague, Kalnaja noted that the EU is “Well prepared for refugees coming from Ukraine.

At the same time, we also need to prepare for refugees coming from other areas due to food security. You probably know that the transport of grain from Ukraine is hampered and this will create waves of migration,” she says.

Last month, Spanish newspaper El Pais cited a 27-page internal EU report on the potential consequences of the conflict in Ukraine. It included a disclaimer of “a catastrophic famineagainst North Africa.

Hunger could trigger”new waves of social protest, internal displacement and migration to neighboring regions and possibly to the EU“, says the report. If this scenario materializes, Spain and Italy will be at the forefront of the exodus, according to the newspaper.

kyiv and Western countries have accused Russia of blocking food exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, allegedly contributing to soaring global food prices. Moscow denies the allegation, saying it provides safe passage for freighters, while Ukraine blocks civilian vessels from leaving ports, including Odessa. Russia also claims that kyiv’s deployment of sea mines has created a threat to shipping in the region.

Moscow has accused the West of pushing the global economy into crisis. At the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the “questionable approaches and actionsin their economic, energy and food policies. These approaches, Putin said, have led to disruptions in production and supply chains, rising global inflation, rising inequality, lower living standards for millions, and mass starvation in the least developed countries. poorer. He also said that the food crisis will inevitably be followed by another wave of migration, mainly to European countries.

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