Refugee aid workers have received awards around the world for their service. Just this April, German Chancellor Angela Merkel honored hundreds of volunteers, inviting them to the Chancellery. "Yet, there is a dark side to aid as well, one not often discussed in the media," says Pavel Trantina, a representative of the European Economic and Social Committee.
In EU member states like Greece, Denmark and Hungary, people aiding refugees within national borders by helping them travel, or offering them shelter, could face legal punishment for violating the law. Many such instances fall under the purview of judges at the national level. Jennifer Allsopp, an immigration researcher at Oxford University, explains that the problem lies in the definition of the term "humanitarian aid."Zum Original