Britain under pressure to accept African migrant quotas after Med drownings

David Cameron will come under pressure later this week to accept quotas of migrants from North Africa after 950 people drowned when their overloaded boat capsized 100 miles off the coast of Italy.

The Prime Minister confirmed he will attend an EU summit on Thursday as he described the deaths as “really horrific” and said they represented “very dark days” for Europe.

Italian and Maltese ships on Monday responded to distress calls from two more migrant boats in the Mediterranean carrying up to 450 people between them amid growing anger at the EU’s failure to intervene.

Three Turkish immigrants – a man, a woman and a child – were killed when a migrant boat ran aground off the Greek island of Rhodes, while 93 were rescued.

Mr Cameron said that Britain will use “everything we’ve got” to target the human traffickers and criminals responsible for the crisis. He said Britain will direct its aid budget to stabilise countries and stop people from travelling…

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