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Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Monday, October 7, 2013

Stop ignoring migrants' suffering

The EU must finally react to the refugee tragedies playing out on its borders, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias demands: "Sometimes it takes a terrible tragedy for decisions to be made. In other cases people react to dramas simply with announcements that are then quickly forgotten. Lampedusa - or for those trying to reach Europe the 'channel of death' - belongs in the second category. ... According to estimates since 1990 more than 8,000 (!) African migrants have drowned here in their attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in fragile boats. ... After this most recent disaster several institutions have warned of the need to take urgent and effective measures. People are urging for a solution at top-level European meetings. Up to now however this issue has simply been forgotten and taken off the agendas."

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