Pope urges EU aid on mi­grants

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Pope Fran­cis joined Italy in press­ing the Euro­pean Union to do more to help the coun­try cope with the rapidly mount­ing num­bers of peo­ple res­cued in the Mediter­ranean try­ing to flee war, per­se­cu­tion or poverty.

As the pope made his ap­peal, hun­dreds of res­cued mi­grants stepped ashore in Si­cily, which is run­ning out of places to shel­ter the ar­rivals, in­clud­ing more than 10,000 in the last week.

Since the start of 2014, nearly 200,000 peo­ple have been res­cued at sea by Italy.

“It’s ev­i­dent that the pro­por­tions of the phe­nom­e­non re­quire much broader in­volve­ment,” the pope said.

Italy de­mands that the EU in­crease as­sis­tance to res­cue and shel­ter mi­grants aban­doned by smug­glers.

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