EU told to step up for ghost boat migrants

The International Organisation for Migration has issued a fresh appeal to the European Union to assume responsibility for the huge wave of refugees created by the conflict in Syria.

In the wake of two migrant ghost boat dramas over the Christmas-New Year period, the Swiss-based global body on Friday warned that the death toll among migrants trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean would inevitably rise without coordinated action to take in the hundreds of thousands fleeing conflicts in Syria and elsewhere.

Italy registered 170,000 migrant arrivals in 2014, a four-fold rise on the previous year, and at least 3,200 people lost their lives trying to reach Europe, according to the IOM.

The issue returned to front pages worldwide over the recent end-of-year holidays when people traffickers sent two large cargo boats steaming towards the Italian coast with hundreds of people on board but no crew.

“The emergency is not in the number of people involved or a risk that they will overburden Europe, a bloc of countries with a population of about 500 million people,” said Federico Soda, IOM Chief of Mission in Italy…

Somehow I think people are not going to very enthused about yet more Muslims coming to their countries. Send them to the wealthy Gulf states instead.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    The R.M.N., Royal Mohammedan Navy, has left its home ports to assault the beaches of Europe.

  • Martin B

    Does this Soda clown have any idea how many of those 500 million Europeans are unemployed? What a mentality. “There’s not enough parasites to kill us yet, so let’s take on more”!

  • Mojo1961

    Just for good measure, they should house the saracens next door to Soda if he’s so keen on keeping them.

  • WalterBannon

    sink them

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Mine the coastal waters where the ships are headed.

  • BillyHW

    I for one, don’t think Europe has enough people who will defecate on a statue of the Virgin Mary.

    • tom_billesley

      Beheading is a lost skill in Europe.

  • tom_billesley

    ” ….end-of-year holidays …”. The Local can’t bear to say Christmas.