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Another tragedy in the Strait of Sicily

· Migration at the centre of Europe's agenda ·

After the countless tragedies in the Mediterranean, including the deaths this week of 10 migrants when their rubber boat overturned and sank, Europe is once again examining the issue of migration. 

On Wednesday, Federica Mogherini, European Union's (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs, met for the first time with the European commissioners of the “international relations” group and also decided to include the issue of migration on the table before the Foreign Affairs Council when the ministers meet in Brussels on 16 March. To get to the root of illegal emigration, the EU “will have to cooperate with the countries from which the migrants flow, even if they are dictatorships”, said EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs and Immigration Policies, Dimitris Avramopoulos. In the meantime, the survivors of the boat that capsized in the Strait of Sicily indicated that 50 people are missing as a result of the incident. When questioned by Procura di Siracusa joint forces, the survivors counted about 270 refugees, of whom 210 have been saved. With the recovery of 10 bodies, approximately 50 remain yet unaccounted for.

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