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European rulers close borders as more drown

Issue No. 2471

At least a further 34 people, including 11 children, drowned in the Aegean Sea off Greece this week.

EU governments are desperately trying to evade responsibility. 

Refugees in Hungary have broken out of holding centres in the past week where they have been held in appalling conditions.

The German government introduced temporary border controls with Austria this week. It hopes to force other EU countries to accept more refugees.

Austria followed suit. The Czech Republic immediately did the same.

The Danish government also closed its borders to try and stop migrants moving through its territory to seek asylum in Sweden.

Meanwhile, the Hungarian government is using labour from prisoners to finish a four metre high anti-refugee fence across its border with Serbia.

One reason people are so desperate to travel at the moment is the running down of refugee camps closer to Syria. 

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has had its budget cut by 10 percent 

this year at a time when the number of refugees is increasing dramatically.

Socialist Worker has always argued that people should be allowed to settle wherever they please. 

But these budget cuts make things worse for all concerned.

 


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