[ View the story "Dying for life in Europe" on Storify] Dying for life in Europe
The Stream· Wed, Apr 29 2015 20:37:03
The European Parliament met on Wednesday to discuss
Europe’s refugee policy, including a quota system that would 're-distribute' migrants more equally among European Union countries. The meeting comes almost two weeks after the tragic
drowning of hundreds
of migrants in a boat that capsized off the coast of Libya.
Italy: Survivors of the Sea Tragedyunhcr
The EU convened for
in Luxembourg on 23 April deciding to triple funding to the border control mission,
Operation Triton .
Triton is a
and EU initiative implemented to replace Italy’s navy-run humanitarian mission,
. Mare Nostrum helped Italy save about 170,000 lives, but it cost the country $10 million a month and
by other EU states for creating a ‘
Humanitarian aid organisations have pointed out the shortfalls in Operation Triton’s capacity,
the EU is more concerned with border control than saving lives. In a
Amnesty International warned, “The gap in search and rescue resources left by Mare Nostrum and not filled by Triton is likely to have contributed to loss of life.”
Amnesty International has called on the EU to boost search-and-rescue efforts.
Lost to the DeepAmnesty International
Activists all over Europe have joined Amnesty in an international call to save more migrant lives.
tighter border control will not stop migrants from finding ways to embark on the deadly journey across the Mediterranean. The
of migrants are fleeing war torn homes and view European shores as the only means of survival. The Stream community thought the European Union should look to the root causes of migration as a solution.
@AJStream Root causes + root causes + root causes = AVOIDING CATASTROPHE.Aden
@AJStream they should stop supporting dictators and help on education and real win win economic relation with Africa and Arab countries.hameru
Others pushed Europe to show a greater commitment to hosting migrants.
@AJStream no, it´s not an adequate approach. What is missing is the political will to host refugees on EU territory.Maria Wagner
@AJStream #EU must provide aid & assist all migrants on humanitarian bases & proceed further to neutralize the deserving migrants #SOSEuropeAhmed Turi