Italy Boat Sinking: Why Do Europe-bound Migrants Keep Dying?

Its a dreadful tragedy. How many more tragedies like this have to happen before concrete measures are taken to prevent them? Ms. Nicolini said. Italian police arrested a Tunisian man who came ashore with the survivors on suspicion of being one of the human traffickers who had arranged the passage. He was reportedly identified as a smuggler by the other passengers, according to Nicolini. Italy is accustomed to the sight of exhausted immigrants coming ashore in leaky, converted fishing trawlers and open-sided boats, but the scale of this tragedy appeared to shake many in Italy. According to Fortress Europe, an Italian blog that tracks such deaths, an estimated 13,800 people have died trying to reach Europe from North Africa in the last 15 years, drowning when their boats engines failed or the vessels started taking on water. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 1,500 people died in the Mediterranean in 2011 alone. In the first six months of 2013, nearly 8,400 migrants and asylum-seekers arrived in Italy and neighboring Malta , according to the UNHCR. Migrants typically each pay around $1,600 to be taken from the coasts of Libya and Tunisia to Lampedusa or Malta, the closest pieces of European territory to North Africa. Italian officials have complained that the country received little help from the rest of the European Union to deal with the influx of migrants, which has increased since the Arab Spring political upheavals in countries like Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria. Italys president, Giorgio Napolitano, called on the EU to do more to help stem “a succession of massacres of innocent people. The accident was “a European tragedy, not just an Italian one, said Mr. Alfano, the deputy prime minister. We have seen similar tragedies for years and weve pronounced words of sincere emotion, but without finding any solutions, said Laura Boldrini, who was a spokeswoman for the U.N.

Continental Europe grabs 2-point lead in Paris

“It’s always nice to win,” said Lawrie. “Obviously there is a little bit more pressure when you are going out there first, you want to get a point on the board which we managed to do and we both combined very well today.” GB&I couldn’t sustain the early success, however. The last match to start was actually the second to finish, as Colsaerts and Fernandez-Castano breezed past Warren and Jamieson to earn Continental Europe’s first point. Colsaerts, a Ryder Cup standout at Medinah, and Fernandez-Castano never trailed after notching birdies at the first and third to go 2-up. They were 1- up through 10 after a GB&I birdie there, then closed with three birdies and an eagle over their final five holes to wrap up the convincing victory. Ilonen and Olesen were 2-up with three to play before both players found the water at the 16th. Fleetwood and Wood got one back there, but were unable to get any closer, as Ilonen and Olesen closed out the win with pars at Nos. 17 and 18. GB&I appeared poised to earn a point in the next match, as Casey and Khan took a 1-up lead into the final hole, but Molinari managed birdie at the last to halve the match, and Luiten and Bourdy closed out Continental Europe’s successful opening day with a 2 & 1 win over Donaldson and Lynn. “They played very well,” said GB&I captain Sam Torrance. “Our boys played very well too, but they made a few more birdies than us. Our turn tomorrow.” NOTES: Hanson withdrew from the Seve Trophy on Monday due to a lingering back injury.