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EU needs to get its act together on trafficking

Published 23/04/2015

European authorities must shoulder some of the blame for the latest Mediterranean boat tragedy, in which hundreds of desperate migrants lost their lives.

At the heart of this catastrophe is a blase attitude from the EU, where lack of funding has led to inaction.

We have effectively acted like Pontius Pilate with the problem. We cannot pretend trafficking of migrants is a recent phenomenon given that, last year alone, more than 3,000 Syrians died while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

The desperation of these refugees manifests itself in the risks that they take. The EU must get its act together and deal severely with those who profit by trafficking desperate people - and each country with a capacity to do so should show compassion by taking its share of genuine refugees.

JOHN BELLEW

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