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Chairman of the Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Kalle Laanet said at the forum dedicated to the lessons of migration crisis that Estonia had to remain an open and rapidly responding country, and should not surround itself with walls.

“Our most important decision in the nearest future is whether we continue to be open or start building walls inside our country and around it,” Laanet said. “I am firmly convinced that building of walls will not take us further.” He added that by being open, Estonia could be an international cooperation partner to other countries.

In Laanet’s opinion, it is also important how flexible Estonia is and how rapidly it reacts to the changing circumstances, and how operatively and thoroughly the public is informed of the changes and the steps to be taken. “As a state and as a society, we have to be flexible and be able to make decisions quickly, because today it is impossible to know in advance where exactly the migration crisis will lead and which changes it will bring along in the world,” he said.

The 4th Migration Forum “Lessons of Migration Crisis” started today at 9.30 a.m. It is held in the hall of the Commander’s House of the Riigikogu (Toompea 1) and lasts until 2 p.m. Member of the Constitutional Committee of the Riigikogu Mart Nutt and Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur will also speak at the forum.

Altogether 16 persons will present reports at the forum and participate in the conversation circle. Speakers and programme of the Migration Forum.

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