Speaking in Strasbourg at the European Parliament, President Roberta Metsola commemorated the 10 years since the Lampedusa tragedy which claimed the lives of around 360 men, women and children.
The overcrowded boat, carrying asylum seekers from Somalia, Ghana and Eritrea, capsized off Italy’s shore.
Addressing the tragedy, Metsola said that this was not an isolated incident as ‘the cemetery of the Mediterranean claimed the lives of thousands more.’
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‘The recent emergencies on the island of Lampedusa as well as on other neighbouring countries serve as a reminder that migration is our generation’s challenge.’
‘Europe must respond in a way that is fair and humane with those who are seeking protection, that is firm with those who are not eligible and that is strong with criminal networks who are still exploiting the vulnerable.’