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More must be done to stop migrant deaths

Published 22/04/2015

The EU urgently needs to take action to prevent more deaths occurring among migrants trying to reach Europe.

The EU's Operation Triton was established to patrol the Italian coast, but it urgently needs to be expanded, with the UN Human Rights Commission urging a more robust search-and-rescue operation. Italy deserves credit for its work in rescuing migrants, but further action is necessary.

The EU could take inspiration from the US: this month, President Obama reiterated his goal of spending $1bn on tackling the causes of migration in central America, with 80% geared towards developing civil society and economic development.

Such a system could be emulated by the EU, encouraging further growth and security in the Middle East and North Africa to ensure people are not forced to flee their homes.

NIALL McNELIS

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