The Mediterranean migrant crisis: What can be done?
Over a thousand people lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean during the past week, tragically pushing migration to the top of EU leaders’ agenda. Our policy analyst Vincenzo Scarpetta discusses the main issues at stake and explores possible options to address the situation both in the immediate future and in the longer term.
After the death of hundreds of refugees in the Mediterranean, the EU Commission presented a ten-point action plan on migration on Monday. Among other things sea rescue services are to be improved. Commentators find the plan inadequate and call for a carefully planned development and trade policy, increased measures to inform potential refugees about the risks of migration and the processing of asylum requests in the countries of origin.
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