EU Foreign Policy Chief Wants European Coast Guard to Protect Migrants

By NTK Staff | 07.17.2017 @11:52am

Federica Mogherini said that she is most concerned with migrants' rights, as Europe has been overwhelmed with foreigners pouring into the continent.

Federica Mogherini, the foreign policy chief of the European Union, said at a press conference on Monday that Frontex, the European coast guard, should protect migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa and the Middle East to enter Europe.

A reporter at the event asked Mogherini about Frontex’s practice of detaining migrants attempting to sneak into Europe.

“We are working so much with the IUM and the UNHCR to guarantee that [migrants] have access to these centers where living conditions appear to be inhumane, to improve the living conditions of the migrants, to protect their lives and their rights,” Mogherini said to the press.

Mogherini cited UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi, saying that the EU needed to change the “logic of detention,” and she criticized the EU for not following Grandi’s words.

The EU’s foreign policy chief lamented the conditions that migrants face as they cross into Europe and called for the continent to do more to help those to cross from Africa and the Middle East. “The work the European Union is doing with the UN agencies, with the international NGOs, is exactly to protect the migrants,” she said.

In order to alleviate the crisis, Mogherini said the EU would help those who wanted to “voluntarily return” to their home countries, but made no mention of those who wished to stay in Europe.

Europe has experienced a migration crisis for years as countries in North Africa and the Middle East collapse into civil war, with millions of migrants pouring into European countries every year. The crisis has fueled a nationalist backlash across the continent as voters seek to more effectively close their borders.

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