The report “The human cost of Fortress Europe” released by Amnesty International on Wednesday is critical of European Union policy that Amnesty says emphasizes a marginally-effective effort to seal the borders to Europe rather than providing support for asylum seekers.
Amnesty International says about half of refugees arriving irregularly in the EU come from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Somalia, “countries torn by conflict and wide spread human rights abuses,” the group said.
Many of these refugees head for the Italian island of Lampedusa, which has seen a number of shipwrecks of unstable refugee boats that have cost hundreds of people their lives.
Reports of “push backs” – refugees that are simply turned around and sent back upon reaching the EU – are also part of Amnesty’s report.
“Refugees must be provided with more ways to enter the EU safely and legally so that they are not forced to embark on perilous journeys in the first place,” Dalhuisen said…
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Not going to work, guys. I suspect (I hope I am right) that there will be an open revolt if you somehow make it easier for them to get across the Mediterranean. What is your idea: regular ferries?