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The Commissioner on the human tragedy near Lampedusa

[Strasbourg, 04/10/2013 9:00]  - "I am shocked by this incomprehensible tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa. European countries should strictly comply with their responsibilities towards those in need of international protection and should act together to prevent the loss of even more lives. It is high time to shift the focus of migration policies from security to protection and to look into the causes why people fleeing their countries continue to do so by putting their lives at risk."