Image: Vito Manzari from Martina Franca (TA), Italy
Carla Gemma Calandra
As situations in various countries in Africa worsen, more and more migrants are fleeing to Europe, particularly Italy, for safety and for their lives. The perilous journey these migrants endure to save themselves and their families is not the end, however. Once in Europe, they face restrictions and detention centers in their quest for a new life.
Italy’s Foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, has also spoken publicly about the situation. He’s acknowledged the overwhelming numbers of refugees arriving at Italian borders and asks the EU for their acknowledgement and assistance: “We have not had an adequate response from the EU.”
Enda Brady of Sky News reported in her recent article that the “European border agency vessels and aircraft monitor the borders rather than save lives.” With so many migrants dying each day – 400 who recently drowned near Libya – many are crying out for a reform in policy and action.