Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said any approach to dealing with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean must be focused on saving the lives of migrants.
Ms Anderson said;
“The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is first and foremost a humanitarian one and must be treated as such.
“Any approach to deal with this crisis has to be focused first and foremost on saving the lives of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
“It is disappointing that the British government has rejected the idea of EU states adopting quotas for resettling migrants.
“The concept of having a quota system on resettlement of migrants which takes into account a state’s population, GDP and unemployment rate is a fair way of distributing the responsibility.
“The scale of the crisis is deepening and tens if not hundreds of thousands have already tried to cross the Mediterranean. The reality is that thousands more will try throughout the summer to flee war, persecution and abject poverty.
“They make the journey knowing that they could drown at sea, suffocate in overcrowded trucks or be killed by a train.
“Enhancing border enforcement measures will only make the trip more dangerous and increase the vulnerability of migrants.
“Military action will also not solve the migrant crisis; it was military intervention that created the conditions that drives many migrants to their deaths.”