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Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, October 6, 2013

Work together with countries of origin

To prevent tragedies like the one off Lampedusa's coast the EU must start working together with the refugees' countries of origin, the conservative daily the Financial Times urges: "Europeans are used to reports of economic migrants drowning as they head for the Italian coastline. But the scale of this latest disaster - one of Italy's worst ever migrant shipwrecks - means EU leaders must focus a lot harder on how to stop such tragedies. ... The EU should try to establish partnerships on the issue of migration with those countries that are the source of refugees. This is difficult, given the poor governance in the states we are talking about. But common action - whether it means cracking down on human traffickers or allowing controlled migration of skilled workers to Europe - is essential."

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