BRUSSELS – The EU's reputation is being damaged worldwide for the failure of member countries to manage the refugee crisis, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.
Juncker called on nations to host more refugees arriving on Europe's shores, after more than one million migrants entered in 2015.
It is unacceptable "that certain member states say they are not going to accept refugees in their countries. That is not possible," he said.
Juncker said Europe was known as a wealthy, admirable continent but that "now we do appear as being the weakest part, and the poorest part of the world."
He said he was embarrassed explaining Europe's migrant problems to leaders of countries like Jordan or Lebanon, which are hosting more than two million refugees.