EU Foreign Ministers to Meet After Latest Migrant Tragedy

Colleen Barry, MSN, April 20, 2015

Rescue crews searched Monday for survivors and bodies from what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest migrant tragedy ever as hundreds more migrants took to the sea undeterred and EU foreign ministers gathered for an emergency meeting to address the crisis.

If reports of at least 700 and as many as 900 dead are confirmed, the weekend shipwreck near the Libyan coast would bring to well over 1,000 the number of migrants who died or went missing during the perilous Mediterranean crossing in the last week. More than 400 are feared dead in another sinking. More than 10,000 others were rescued.

“This tragedy didn’t have to happen,” Sarah Tyler, a spokeswoman for Save the Children, said of Sunday’s incident. “That is almost as many as died in the Titanic, and 31 times the number who died when the Costa Concordia sank.”

Libya is a transit point for migrants fleeing conflict, repression and poverty in countries such as Eritrea, Niger, Syria, Iraq and Somalia, with increased instability there and improving weather prompting more people to attempt the dangerous crossing.

One survivor of the weekend sinking, identified as a 32-year-old Bangladeshi, has put the number of people on board the smugglers’ boat at as many as 950. Authorities previously had quoted him as saying 700 migrants were on board.


The survivor said some 300 migrants were locked in a hold by the smugglers, and would have been trapped inside when the boat sank, according to Prosecutor Giovanni Salvi, who is conducting the investigation.


Italian coast guard Capt. Gian Luigi Bove told reporters in Malta his vessel was about 80 kilometers (50 miles) away from the latest shipwreck when the distress call came in early Sunday.

Bove said the Italian vessel arrived at the shipwreck at around 2 a.m. Sunday and found two survivors along with bodies floating in the sea. The survivors were taken on board. He said there was no sign of the smuggler’s boat, an indication that it may have already sunk.

Bove said the survivors were from sub-Saharan Africa and language issues were impeding the investigation.

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi told private Italian radio RTL he would ask his EU counterparts on Monday to confront instability in Libya more decisively than in the past, but he ruled out ground troops.


Mired in economic crisis and a facing a surging anti-foreigner electorate in many nations, there is little appetite across European governments to take in more poor migrants, however desperate their plight.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said sending more ships to rescue migrants could actually make the problem worse.

“If we make the work of traffickers easier and accept refugees that have gone overboard, this will make it an even better business for them,” he said on Czech television. “We need to find a way to prevent people from setting out on such ships.”

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  • Chip Carver

    At this point it would be great if they were meeting to figure out ways to cause more and of these vessels to sink while at the same time increasing the numbers of sharks in the area. The folks in charge are shooting for a reenactment of “The Camp of the Saints” but even this surge isn’t going to stop Europe’s swing to the right. They’ll have to focus on wrecking the US instead.

    • Big Blue 11

      Just put a trap door in the bottom of the boat with a sign, ‘open for free seafood’

  • IstvanIN

    Part of the blame can and should be placed on EU officials. By not sending the “migrants” or “refugees” back home, or by preventing them landing on European shores, they are encouraging this. If you encourage bad behavior, or unsafe behavior, you get more of it. It really is that simple.

    • George Moriarty

      As I have said on at least 3 previous posts Australia stopped the boats by making it quite clear that illegal boat arrivals would NEVER be allowed to settle in Australia and would go straight into off-shore detention. I understand there was an advertising campaign to this effect by the Australian Government in the Middle East.
      The boats were stopped as well as the associated loss of life.

      • Speedy Steve

        Offshore detention in Papua New Guinea could be an idea whose time has come.

        • Zimriel

          That would definitely solve New Guinea’s food shortage.

      • TrueNorthFree

        Australia was the brunt of loads of left wing abuse for the hard stance they took against invasion by brown economic migrants.

    • TruthBeTold

      The hemorrhaging is in Africa and the EU is complain that Europe isn’t handing out more band-aids.

      The solution to this migration crisis is to address the problems at the source.

    • TrueNorthFree

      I call them what they are: invaders.
      In decades Europe will be majority brown, and its centuries old population, culture and customs a distant fading history.
      Why oh why are Europeans allowing their white homelands to be ethnically cleansed in the name of multi-culti and diversity?

  • Alexandra1973

    “Turn around, don’t drown!”

    That’s a sign that should be posted on North African shores.

    • dukem1

      Only for those that can read..But if they could master that art, they could just stay home and be a king, or a “big man”, or at least a warlord!

      • Raymond Kidwell

        The ability to read is racist. That’s why we need to lower standards. Our next president should not be required to read or do simple math. Such standards are part of the old white supremacist ideology.

        • Albert

          As absurd as your statement is, is the tragic irony in how true it is. They’ve already lowered the admission standards on a number of professions just so they can feel equal. What you suggest would merely be the extreme end of this process.

    • David Ashton

      In every community language for those who can actually read.

      • ElComadreja

        That wouldn’t be many of them.

  • Speedy Steve

    the Mediterranean’s deadliest migrant tragedy ever …
    They could have squeezed another 50 into the raft. Like the old joke about 2 empty seats.

  • Libya is a transit point for migrants fleeing conflict, repression and poverty in countries such as Eritrea, Niger, Syria, Iraq and Somalia, with increased instability there and improving weather prompting more people to attempt the dangerous crossing.

    I wonder if there are any relatively prosperous relatively first world countries in between those countries and Europe, such that these refugees (“—“) didn’t have to risk crossing the sea.

    • phillyguy

      all Hillary Clinton’s fault.

    • Exuberant Auditor

      There’s Saudi and Tunisia, but they still prefer Europe.

      • George Costanza

        Well of course they do! the northern Europeans provide free food, free housing, FREE EVERYTHING

    • David Ashton

      Western governments ARE to blame for premature decolonization and for disturbing the subsequent status quo in the Muslim world on behalf of a country that will NOT take in African Muslims.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Israel? We should put pressure on them to take in migrants! They just love diversity for everyone, they should share in the enrichment! Diversity can be THEIR strength too!

  • superlloyd

    The Eu created this mess in the first place not the people traffickers who are profiting from this. The EU are the real criminals and will propose nothing effective to stop the illegal parasites from coming: These scroungers face no sanctions; On the contrary, they are given everything for a life of ease and idleness. Sickening.

  • DaveMed

    Broadly speaking (that is, looking from a certain perspective), I don’t really see this as much of a tragedy. Perhaps that makes me a bad person.


    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      Meh, I’m right there with you. I’m probably even worse because I’m thrilled for Europe, that’s 900 less invading future criminals on their welfare rolls.

  • White libtards need to rush to Africa to teach muh Negros how to swim. Race realists need to go to Africa to point muh Negros to Italy and explain what an easy swim it is to get there from Africa. And import some nice big sharks into the nearby waters. Problem solved.

    • John Smith

      Starting in the crocodile-filled rivers there.

    • InAFreeCountry

      The Strait of Gibraltar has been swum many times, 12.5 miles. I’d rather have a jet-ski myself.

  • Jason Lewis

    This will be used as a guilt trip to force Europe to accept these invaders.

    • Ella

      In USA they scream, “Aren’t you a Christian or a person with a heart?” Suddenly, the collective guilting begins.

      • RedOnTheHead

        “Aren’t you a Christian” Coincidentally that’s the same question they ask right before they chuck you overboard in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

      • LeonNJ

        Everyone’s beloved Pope chimed in on this and said they are just like everyone else; poor, tired, needing a fresh start, so let’s bring them all in! How insane can this character be?

        • He knows these Muslims aren’t going to be moving into the Vatican to live with him, before they decide to behead, drown or burn him to death the way they did the Jordanian air force pilot they caged and torched.

        • Alexandra1973

          As insane as this one.

          • ElComadreja

            Piece of s**t.

      • “Aren’t you a Christian or a person with a heart?”

        No to the first and only under limited conditions to the second. My heart does a fine job moving blood around inside me.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        Let them know that at one time Christian missionaries were numerous in Africa during colonization, but now that Africans demanded their “independence” from the white man, the continent is now ripe for an Islamic bloodbath.

        Africans benefitted immensely from colonization. they wanted control of the goods, the benefits. Now that they can’t manage their own contintent, they want out and to get the very benefits from Europe and North America that they once had in Africa, thanks to many Christians and others who saw their humanitarian duty to alleviate suffering where they felt called.

        I have no problem with orthodox Christian theology, but now using altruism for all things African as a litmus test of how “good” a Christian you are has no place in Christendom. Altruism should demonstrate results, not be based on endless handouts, and be reconsidered and stopped when those who are being served show no propensity to take responsibility whatsoever.

        • David Ashton

          The leftwing atheists cynically exploit the compassion and guilt of the religious remnant they despise.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        Doesn’t work on me. You can’t sit there and bash Christianity as stupid, God as a “sky daddy/wizard”, the Bible as “the big book of fairy tales”, and then turn around and appeal to my Christian morality! HAHAHA NO.

        Where are the verses in the Bible that demand that you destroy your own family, country and race for the benefit of invading non-Christians? These Biblical scholars that “know” what God and Jesus REALLY meant/did/said (despite never having read a page in the Bible or darkened the door of a church) will set us all straight!

  • dukem1

    How to prevent such things? Maybe someone could suggest that they not be handed a life of comparative luxury should they complete the trip.

  • Dave West

    At least when Gaddafi was in power he held back a significant number of these invaders, oh i’m sorry did I say the i-word? I mean “hardworking migrants looking for a better life.”

    On a side note: does it ever occur to these pro-immigration cry-babies that the US and Europe could let in tens of millions of third world immigrants every year and would not, so much, as make a dent in total wold poverty?

  • Rob

    I wonder when America and Europe become Africa-2, where will these parasites run then?? Maybe to Mars.

    • Ella

      No, whites will build ships to Mars to escape the pain here.

      • John Smith

        Liberals will want us to take them with us.

  • Rob

    Thank God for the Mediterranean. Can you imagine if that was not there, how many more would be in Europe.

    • tetrapod

      Yes … it would be like the US-Mexican border.

  • Reynardine

    “This tragedy didn’t have to happen,” Sarah Tyler, a spokeswoman for Save the Children, said of Sunday’s incident. “

    Yeah, she’s right. They could have stayed where they were.

    • Rob

      Let her keep them in her home.

    • DaveMed

      But the children!!1!

  • ricpic

    There has to be a white death wish. What else could explain the open door to these feral low IQ alien invaders?

    • RedOnTheHead

      U.N. one world government.

  • De Doc

    What can the average European living in the lands bordering the Mediterranean Sea do to help in this tragedy? I’d suggest they start chumming the waters.

  • Jaggers

    As others have said, this is in fact the result of welfare magnets in Europe. But let’s not forget the moronic neocon/Obama administration meddling in the Middle East & Northern Africa, creating more chaos, which also doesn’t help. We shoot ourselves in the foot twice here.

    • Exuberant Auditor

      It’s partly because of welfare, but mainly and simply because they can. They see many of their fellow Africans making it into Europe, and so it gives millions of others hope. I don’t blame them, that’s human nature.

      What they need is a good deterrent. And a minority of them dying in the sea doesn’t seem to be a good enough one. The best one is for them to see other illegals being sent back to their native countries on a regular basis. Which prompts the question, “How many does Europe actually repatriate to their countries?”

      • ElComadreja

        Human nature doesn’t apply with them.

    • Welfare really is a magnet for them. People in the high country here in Colorado who don’t secure their garbage inevitably attract bears, for exactly the same reason.

    • David Ashton

      Israel has turned on Uncle Sambo because he has not meddled enough.

  • libertarian1234

    “We need to find a way to prevent people from setting out on such ships.”

    After all this time they finally came up with an idea that should have been acted on from the very beginning.

    But will his warning be heeded?

    More likely than not. As they do with every other situation involving third world criminals, they’ll come up with a idiotic plan to fly them into Europe for free and imprison anybody who objects.

    I understand Obama is doing that now for “children” in Central America. And they can keep their Mara Salvatrucha tattoos.

  • Paleoconn

    Escort the boats back to African shores, and torpedo them.

    To quote Steve Sailer, it appears Israel is a safer trip for these migrants. Nah! Europe must do its duty, according to the NYT guy. The Italians should call these journalists up and tell them to prepare their Manhattan apartments, we’re flying over a family of migrants. Please enjoy the diversity you so avidly promote on behalf of other Whites.

  • baldowl

    What do you call 900 African migrants drowning off the coast of Africa on their way to Italy?

    • Winston_Jack

      A good start!

    • LeonNJ

      Not my problem!

    • ElComadreja

      A good start.

  • George Costanza

    900 illegal aliens, most likely all muslims drown, equals total out outrage and world condemnation..Thousands of Christians in the middle east, murdered, taken into slavery, raped, ethnically cleansed, everyday!!… NOT A PEEP!!

  • OhWow

    Diversity is yummy to sharks.

    • The Med doesn’t have bull sharks, but plenty of great whites and oceanic whitetips. The former hang out mainly near shore, as their main prey is sea lions. The latter prefer deep water are notorious for eating people after maritime disasters.

  • InAFreeCountry

    A Sicilian prosecutor has charged the captain with illegal immigration and multiple homicide. We should stick Obama with the same charges.

  • John Smith

    They should let them swim to Europe, if they can make it, but that’s it. Helping only encourages them.

  • dd47

    Some African governments also oppose this ridiculous invasion wave onto Europe’s shores- and the despicable EU is unwilling to co-operate.

    Mali’s Foreign Minister Aminata Dramane Traore recently claimed that migration was draining the country of its youth.

    Over a quarter of Malians live outside of Mali.

    The EU has done nothing more than waste another $426,000,000 given to the Malian government in the hope that money alone will achieve something in raising Mali’s living standards- naively believing that if Malians have it better off they will stop trying to migrate. When will humanity learn that throwing money at something does not solve problems?

  • Tim

    This “crisis” make me think of the old Sinatra movie “Assault on a Queen” where they re-furbish an old U-Boat to rob Ocean Liners. And it gives me ideas…

  • David Ashton

    If we HAVE to “make a home” for millions of backward blacks from backward Africa, I suggest that we start by packing them in Vatican City, Canterbury Cathedral and every other vicarage or chapel in Europe.

  • Alexandra1973

    Some of the bleeding-heart comments on that site have me shaking my head. I’d invite such people to take in these “refugees” or whatever you want to call them…then maybe, just maybe, they’ll figure out why our sympathy meters barely budge.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      They should be forced to take them in, instead of forcing the rest of us to pay for them and deal with them.

  • Epiminondas

    The “tragedy” is that they are going to have this meeting.

  • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

    Tragedy? That doesn’t seem like the right word at all. The Europeans are probably thrilled they don’t have to foot the bill for those 900. Not that it matter, 900 more will make it, then 9,000, then 90,000, til all of Europe is destroyed. Hopefully they can get a handle on things and stop it. Sensible governments run by actual Europeans, not YKW, wouldn’t tolerate this and they shouldn’t. They’d also send aid to Africa and the ME but make it contingent on EVERYONE receiving it being sterilized. A beautiful dream, if only it could come true.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Similarly, you hear from time to time, stories of failed home invasions where the perpetrator tries going down the chimney, only to get stuck, and begging for help to save his life.

  • Hilis Hatki

    I often wonder where those uboots went…..

  • Tragedy? No, the tragedy is when these scum actually get to Europe or America safely.

  • zamzow

    A migrant is someone who would like to move to a new country and does go through the proper channels. This present “crisis” is an amphibious assault on white Europe by Afro loads. The hostile elite running this show are probably secretly funding the pirate navy transporting these invaders.

  • Rossbach

    Europe has mass illegal immigration for the same reason as the US: they allow the illegals to enter and to stay. If these people were denied entry or deported after entering illegally, there would be no point to these “migrant” voyages and they would stop.