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Trouw - Netherlands | Thursday, April 7, 2011

Europe must act on refugee crisis

An overfilled refugee boat from Libya sank on Wednesday off the Italian island Lampedusa. Twenty corpses have been found and up to 250 people are reported to be missing. It is time for Europe to take action in this refugee crisis, writes the daily Trouw: "That means redistributing the burden that until now has been borne mainly by Italy. But it also means searching for solutions and easing the despair that drives people to put their lives on the line. Cooperation with the countries of North Africa is indispensable. ... But it is only possible with states that guarantee their citizens a minimum of security. For countries like Libya, Eritrea or Somalia that does not hold at present. ... People from these countries must be taken in by Europe, whereupon the EU must act as a union, distributing the refugees among member states and jointly bearing the costs."

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