Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade Niall Collins TD says greater action is needed on the part of the EU and the international community to address the ongoing migration crisis. Deputy Collins made his comments following reports that up to 150 people may have died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya.

“I am deeply concerned and saddened about reports that as many as 150 people may have drowned in a shipwreck in Libya. It’s believed a further 150 people have been rescued. It is evident that more needs to be done to address the migration crisis and to ensure that greater safeguards are in place to protect migrants”, said Deputy Collins.

“The EU and the international community must also tackle the root causes of migration which include extreme poverty and climate change, which are contributing to people being forced to seek a better life elsewhere.

“Libya is a key departure point for migrants attempting to reach Europe, but it is far from a safe haven for refugees and migrants given the very unstable political and security situation in the country. I have repeatedly raised concerns regarding detention centres in Libya for migrants and refugees and while I am glad that the Tánaiste now finally agrees that Libya’s system of detaining migrants is unacceptable and must end, it is clear that greater measures must be employed to tackle the migration crisis.

“It is imperative that we do not become desensitised to appalling tragedies such as today’s drownings and loss of human life and that efforts continue to address the migration crisis in a sustainable, humane and compassionate manner”.