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Polityka Online - Poland | Friday, October 4, 2013

A disgrace for rich Europe

Pope Francis has called the refugee tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa a 'disgrace'. The left-liberal news portal Polityka Online agrees and criticises Europe's policy of sealing itself off: "The sinking of the refugee boat in the waters near Lampedusa is truly a disgrace for rich, well-fed Europe. It appears that 500 desperate people from Eritrea or Somalia were on the ship when it went down. It makes no difference that the refugees apparently set fire to the boat themselves. Far more important is that Europe is unable to cope with the refugees that cross - and disappear in - the sea any better than Australia or the US. We treat them like a scourge that causes a host of problems and try to stop them. By building walls, for example. ... But in fact Europe could give political and financial support to countries like Somalia and Eritrea without any problem."

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