Safer passage into the EU

As recent incidents in the Mediterranean prove, more and more migrants are taking extreme risks to enter the European Union, and increasing numbers are dying in the attempt.

The article “EU pledges greater support in wake of Lampedusa tragedy” (10-16 October) did not consider the humanitarian dimension or the basic right of accessing international protection, enshrined in international refugee law. While the smuggling of migrants by sea accounts for only a small proportion of the total number of migrants smuggled worldwide, it is likely to claim the highest number of deaths among smuggled migrants.

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