P. Bouckaert: In Lesbos Tragedy, the Shape of Europe’s Migrant Scandal

© 2015, Javier Bauluz

31 oktober 2015 – On October 28, 2015, a Turkish fishing boat carrying some 300 people trying to reach Europe sank near Greece, causing at least 7 to drown, including 4 children, with at least 34 still missing.
The needless loss of life should be enough to outrage us all. But just as outrageous is the reality that months into Europe’s refugee crisis, Europe’s leaders still have not taken the steps necessary to help prevent such unnecessary tragedies, let alone adopt policies that could provide people fleeing war and repression with legal and safe alternatives to seek asylum in Western Europe.

This article is written by Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch’s emergencies director and an expert in humanitarian crises.

Read the complete article at: Human Rights Watch

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