'Shameful' handling of migrant ship shows need for EU asylum reform: UN

Published: June 13, 2018
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As there was a boat in the Mediterranean for days left unattended, UN Refugee Chief Filippo Grandi says he feels Shameful as a European. PHOTO: REUTERS

As there was a boat in the Mediterranean for days left unattended, UN Refugee Chief Filippo Grandi says he feels Shameful as a European. PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA: Italy’s rejection of a migrant ship is shameful but the responsibility lies with Europe as a whole, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said.

“It is shameful as a European I felt shame, shame, that there was a boat, there is a boat, in the Mediterranean and for several days nobody wanted to take these people,” he said.

Migrants on stranded rescue ship head for Spain

“It’s very clear that Europe needs to reform its asylum system in a collective manner, there’s a lot of resistance to that but there’s no other way,” he added.

After Italy sent hundreds of refugees to Spain, who have been lurking for days in a small convoy. Waiting for Italy to open its port to the weary people that included pregnant women along with minors.

Flickering a war of words with France that exposed EU tensions over immigration.

Despite, the solid pressure from the international community. Malta refused to allow the refugees as well. This is where Spain stepped in for the rescue.

Spain’s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had offered the boat safe harbour, saying there was a moral “obligation to help to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe”.

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  • candy
    Jun 14, 2018 - 3:50AM

    Time and again the statistics say that the vast majority of asylum seekers are not fleeing war or other calamity – their seeking better lives in Europe. Angela Merkel opened those gate – and Germany should pay the cost to close them. Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 14, 2018 - 11:42AM

    Yes you are right Rekha, but the main culprit is Saudia ArabiaRecommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 14, 2018 - 12:42PM

    you really cant blame Italy it is not responsible for all this chaos in middle east . it is under no legal obligation ( perhaps it has moral obligation as human beings ) to take these migrants . anyway Italy is filled to the brim with refugees already. Recommend

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