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Written question – Deaths in the Mediterranean – E-003141/2017

Following on from 2016, the deadliest year on record for crossings of the Mediterranean by migrants attempting to reach Europe, with at least 5 098 deaths (IOM, 2017), almost all of which occurred on the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy, the International Organisation for Migration is painting a bleak picture of the first three months of 2017, in which more than 600 people, some of them children, are said to have lost their lives. The massacre, in other words, is continuing in 2017 on an even larger scale than in the two preceding years.

This is a situation which the EU cannot ignore and which is inextricably bound up with its policies and chosen courses of action, first and foremost the disgraceful deal with Turkey allowing migrants to be deported to that country. The figures that have now come to light are resounding proof of the failure of EU policies and completely give the lie to the claims by EU leaders that the EU-Turkey agreement would reduce deaths in the Mediterranean. On the contrary, these have greatly increased, and that is an inhuman, unsustainable situation which demands an immediate response.

What is the Commission’s assessment and can it say what measures it has taken or intends to take?