By Alistair Farrow
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EU borders cause refugee deaths

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Issue 2607
French police are busy clearing makeshift refugee camps
French police are busy “clearing” makeshift refugee camps (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Some 50 people have died after trying to migrate to Europe when their boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia.

The country has become a key route for migrants after EU states along with the Libyan coastguard cracked down on people travelling from Libya.

At least 660 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean sea so far this year according to the United Nation’s International Organisation for Migration.

The EU is responsible for those deaths. It forces people fleeing wars and economic devastation into the arms of people traffickers by branding them “illegal”. Inside their borders, EU member states round people up to chuck them out.

French police “cleared” two refugee camps in Paris on Monday. It follows a similar operation last week.


Around 1,000 people have been living at the Porte des Poissonniers, in northeast Paris, and another site next to the city’s Canal Saint Martin.

Several thousand people joined a march in Paris on Saturday against the government’s new laws that further attack asylum and immigration rights.

A law is set to be passed in Hungary this week which would introduce jail terms for people found to have helped undocumented refugees.

At the moment just one person a day is allowed to begin the asylum process in the country. Migrants and refugees are treated brutally across Europe. National governments and the EU are to blame for this horror.

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