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UN urges Europe to help Italy with refugees

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UN urges Europe to help Italy with refugees
 The United Nations (UN) refugee agency has called on Europe to assist Italy with defusing what it has described as the “unfolding tragedy” of tens of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers arriving on the country’s shores.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi made the plea on Saturday, saying that Italy needed more international support to tackle the growing number of refugees who have braved the Mediterranean Sea in pursuit of reaching Europe this year.
“What is happening in front of our eyes in Italy is an unfolding tragedy,” Grandi said in a statement. “In the course of last weekend, 12,600 migrants and refugees arrived on its shores, and an estimated 2,030 have lost their lives in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year.”
Acknowledging that Rome was “playing its part” in accepting and protecting those rescued from the Mediterranean, the UN official said, “These efforts must be continued and strengthened. But this cannot be an Italian problem alone.”
Grandi stressed that Europe had to follow an “urgent distribution system” of refugees and should widen legal channels for the admission of asylum seekers.
The remarks were made as the interior ministers of France, Germany, and Italy prepare to meet in Paris on July 2 to discuss a “coordinated approach” to help Italy, which threatened last week to close its doors to people arriving on boats that were not flying Italian flags.
Italy is struggling to host thousands of refugees, who have traveled through the Mediterranean to escape war, persecution or poverty in their home countries. Some Italians are against the decision to settle the refugees in the European country.
Since January 2017, 83,650 people have reached Italy by sea, an increase of nearly 20 percent compared to the same period last year, according to UN figures. Reports say that nearly all of Italy’s 200,000 places for accommodating refugees have been filled.
Meanwhile, the European Union’s commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said the bloc was “ready to support” Italy with the migration crisis after Rome appealed to Brussels for help in taking in African refugees.
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I have heard about this news as it becomes sensational around the country. I don’t understand why the Europe government takes some necessary actions to help refugees in Italy. Hope we get a positive result from Europe government.
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