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EU struggles to respond as migrants trek north

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 01:46

Patience is growing short in Europe as the EU struggles to contain a growing migrant influx from war-torn Syria and countries in north Africa. As Nathan Frandino reports, some migrants are caught before they can cross the Mediterranean although for others, the exodus continues.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NONE**~ It's the end of the road for these migrants in Libya. Caught by officials at a smuggler hide-out, their journey cut short. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF THE ILLEGAL MIGRATION UNIT, MOHAMMED AL BAKKAR, SAYING: "We stopped a boat and on it were 86 migrants from different nationalities, most of them from Mali." Like many before them, this group, including women, children and babies, was about to cross the Mediterranean... hoping to leave poverty and conflict behind. Others have been more successful. Thousands cross the sea each week. The lucky ones are rescued but this year alone, almost 2,000 others have drowned. It's a crisis the European Union is struggling to control. For many, Italy is the first stop. Here in Rome, hundreds camp out on their journey to northern Europe, drawn by the promise of stronger economies and generous welfare benefits. Many come from countries in turmoil, like Syria, Eritrea and South Sudan. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAMI FROM SOUTH SUDAN SAYING: "It is a very dangerous community, everything is no good, that is because I'm coming to Europe." For many residents in Italy, the crisis has gone on too long. They say the EU needs to act. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT, MICHELE MAGGIO, SAYING: "This should not happen to anyone, to people. Either you don't allow them in the country or you set up the necessary structures to look after them." The EU says it's formulating a strategy to deal with the crisis. But while they talk, the migrants just keep coming.

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EU struggles to respond as migrants trek north

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 01:46