Calls for ac­tion on Europe mi­grant cri­sis


Calls mul­ti­plied Sun­day for Europe fi­nally to get to grips with its ever-dead­lier mi­grant cri­sis af­ter Aus­tria’s hor­rific truck tragedy, as peo­ple con­tin­ued to pour into Hungary from Ser­bia de­spite a newly com­pleted ra­zor-wire bar­rier.

Hun­gar­ian po­lice said a fifth sus­pected hu­man traf­ficker had been ar­rested over Thurs­day’s grue­some dis­cov­ery of 71 de­com­pos­ing corpses in an aban­doned truck on an Aus­trian high­way. Three chil­dren saved from another ve­hi­cle mean­while left hos­pi­tal.

Pope Fran­cis called Sun­day for “ef­fec­tive co­op­er­a­tion” against “crimes that of­fend all hu­man­ity .”

The truck tragedy, plus yet another Mediter­ranean shipwreck claim­ing at least 111 lives, have served as chill­ing re­minders of Europe’s fail­ure to cope with the in­flux of hun­dreds of thou­sands of mi­grants.

The United Na­tions es­ti­mates 300,000 peo­ple have fled con­flict and hard­ship in the Mid­dle East and Africa for a bet­ter life in Europe this year alone. Mil­lions more sit in camps in Tur­key, Jor­dan and Le­banon. Some 2,500 have died in the treach­er­ous jour­ney, most drown­ing in the wa­ters of the Mediter­ranean af­ter be­ing crammed into un­sea­wor­thy boats.

“Europe needs to stop be­ing moved and start mov­ing,” Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Renzi said, call­ing again for a fairer dis­tri­bu­tion of mi­grants among the Euro­pean Union’s 28 mem­bers.

Ger­many, France and the United King­dom made a joint call for an ur­gent meet­ing of EU in­te­rior and jus­tice min­is­ters in the next two weeks to take “im­me­di­ate ac­tion” and find “con­crete steps .”

French Prime Min­is­ter Manuel Valls said that peo­ple “flee­ing war, per­se­cu­tion, tor­ture, op­pres­sion, must be wel­comed” and should be treated with “dig­nity .”


Syr­ian chil­dren sleep in a park in Bel­grade, Ser­bia, early Sun­day, Aug. 30. Mi­grants in­clud­ing many women with ba­bies and small chil­dren, sleep in a park in cen­tral Bel­grade while wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity to travel north to cross the bor­der with Hungary and en­ter the Euro­pean Union.

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