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El País - Spain | Monday, April 11, 2011

Guarantee speedy return

In view of the wave of immigrants from North Africa the interior ministers of the 27 EU states are meeting today to discuss a joint approach. The refugees must be justly distributed among the member states, writes the left-liberal daily El País: "The politicians of the major European powers - including Spain - have been making great declarations of support with the democratic revolutions in the Arab world. One form of lending this support would be to take in these refuges and distribute them equally among the different member states while at the same time cooperating with the countries affected with the aim of stabilising the situation so that they can return to their countries of origin as soon as possible. In this manner tragedies like the sinking of a boat off the coast of Lampedusa last Wednesday in which more than 200 people lost their lives can perhaps be prevented. The EU cannot close its eyes to this problem."

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