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Caritas, a confederation of Catholic relief organisations and charities, have spoken out against the member countries of the European Union. They have said their actions to clamp down on irregular immigration is, ‘failing’ and is not solving the issue of thousands willing to risk their lives to reach the other side of the Meditteranean sea.
Given in a recent statement by the group who have promoted the more sensible view to solve irregular migration by having member countries sharing the number of migrants coming in and so relieving the already piling strain on countries such as Italy, who have taken in 85,000 migrants in this year alone. Figures show 75% of all migrants that reach land enter Italy and an increased amount of migrants on such countries would lead to an eventual closure of ports to NGO’s rescuing the migrants which would lead to devastating consequences for both sides of this crisis.
The Director of the Migration Department of Caritas Italy said in a statement, “Europe must stop wasting money. Paying to strengthen borders only makes security companies and criminal traffickers richer. It would be cheaper and wiser to invest in effective integration policies and to set up teams of civil servants that would boost asylum application processes in the Member States facing large numbers of arrivals.”
The EU should instead put an increased focus on naval tasks and stop people smugglers from the source. This would be a less costly prevention and root out the problem of irregular migration from war-torn and poverty inflicted countries.
The situation only seems to get worse as the prolonged delay of ineffective action is causing migrants to reach dangerous measures to get to Europe.ast month a van driver was killed in Calais after migrants caused a pile-up by blocking the road with tree trunks in a bid to mount lorries heading for the UK, French authorities have said. This will become more common if the EU does not place any measures to provide support to the people who are already here and to effectively stop any more from crossing the sea.