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Libyan Newswire

Written question – Need for solidarity and humanitarian aid to address the refugee crisis – E-003539/2016

A few days ago, another vessel was shipwrecked off the coast of Libya, claiming the lives of an estimated 400 to 500 people. According to survivors, hundreds of migrants seeking to reach Italy from Tobruk in Libya were led to their death by traffickers.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has indicated that the increasing number of deaths in the Mediterranean can be partly attributed to the discontinuation of the Italian Mare Nostrum rescue operations, which have been replaced by European Triton operations focusing EU maritime border surveillance and policing.

In the light of the tragic consequences of the decisions to step up military operations, containment and border patrols, effectively turning Europe into a fortress, will the EU carry out an immediate review of its refugee policy and introduce common asylum arrangements based on solidarity and humanitarian aid? Will it also take immediate action to ensure safe passage for refugees?