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PACE President calls for inquiry into the deaths of 61 boat people

"Europe should stop exaggerating the impact of these arrivals"

President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, has expressed distress and deep concern following reports that 61 boat people died after their appeals for rescue were ignored. Reportedly, their boat was left to drift in the Mediterranean for 16 days.
 

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Bossi: We are getting rid of illegal immigrants from Italy

Leader of Northern League party Umberto Bossi has said that they are keeping to their word of getting rid of illegal immigrants from Italy. “I said (illegal immigrants should) get out of the way, and slowly by slowly we are keeping our word,” Mr. Bossi said.
 

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Migrant survivors speak of boat tragedy off the coast of Libya

Migrants tell IOM they were forced by Libyan officials to get on a boat

Some of the migrants who were brought to safety on the Italian island of Lampedusa at the weekend say they witnessed a boat carrying between 500-600 people foundering off the Libyan coast late last week and bodies being washed ashore.

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50,000 migrants may arrive in Italy

Between 300 and 400 thousand Africans from other parts of the continent have moved towards North Africa, ready to cross to Europe, Alfredo Mantica, Undersecretary at Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

Potentially 50,000 migrants may come to Italy, he said. A similar estimate came from Home Affairs Minister Roberto Maroni some days ago.
 

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Barroso: We’ll not abandon Schengen

Temporary re-introduction of border controls can and will be only a solution of last resort

The European Commission “will not abandon Schengen,” President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has said.

Addressing the European People's Party meeting in Palermo, Mr. Barroso described Schengen as “one of the biggest achievements of our Union – in terms of freedom and in terms of security.”

He, however, pointed out that Schengen was not perfect, adding that “it can and must evolve.”

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