European Union Reassess Migration Policy

“Boat Tragedy Prompts New Look at Migration Policy in Europe,” by Matina Stevis for the Wall Street Journal:

One of the worst shipwrecks in the Mediterranean in recent years—a trawler that capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week, claiming the lives of at least 232 African migrants—has reignited a debate across Europe over immigration.

But although Europeans have been stunned by the tragedy, there was little sign that it would spur any quick change in policy or increase in funding to deal with or deter the tens of thousands who risk their lives to reach the Continent each year.

As Italian authorities resumed their search-and-rescue operation, hopes of finding alive any of the more than 100 people still missing have disappeared. Prime Minister Enrico Letta granted a symbolic citizenship to the drowned migrants, but the 155 survivors are liable for fines of up to €5,000 ($6,800) and deportation…

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