The "refugee crisis" is a crisis of solidarity, not numbers, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Washington, DC in April 2016 (UN 2016). He appealed to the countries of Europe for greater political unity, recalling the true causes of the crisis: global social and economic inequality and political marginalization. Now, faster and more than ever, European societies must respond with "monumental solidarity," Ban Ki-moon said. The summer of migration quickly became a test of European solidarity. The countries of the Visegrád Group - Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic - quickly positioned themselves against German politics. The Czech Prime Minister Sobotka called for a closure of the Balkan route for migrants. Together with Austria, the Visegrád group of Macedonia offered assistance in securing the border with Greece. The proposal for a quota-based distribution of refugees within Europe was rejected by these countries.
|Translated title of the contribution||New solidarity in Europe? Migrants from Poland in Germany, their attitudes towards immigration and commitment to refugees|
|Title of host publication||Geschlossene Gesellschaften. Verhandlungen des 38. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bamberg|
|Publisher||Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|