It has an existential nature because it is polarizing.
It is reported that the EU leaders consider the refugee crisis poses an existential threat to the European Union because it has given rise to vices which undermine the core concept defining the bloc.
“It’s the most serious crisis in many years the European Union is facing, probably even the most serious since the beginning of the process of European integration,” former head of European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said on Friday.
“It has an existential nature because it is polarizing,” he said.
He also said that European states are now not just divided over the adverse economic impacts of accepting refugees, but are also split over whether to admit foreigners of a different religion or race.
Already, the Europe is facing an unprecedented influx of refugees who fled from the war zones in Africa and the Middle East, particularly Syria.
Although, there is a strong accusation against the west of fostering terrorism in the Middle East, which is being considered as the main reason behind the departure of refugees from their home countries.