Europe is facing its worst refugee crisis since World War II. Italy and France were at loggerheads over hundreds of migrants stranded at their joint border. France refused the migrants entry and they were forcibly removed by Italian police. An Italian official called the scene a “punch in the face to all the European countries that want to close their eyes.” At a meeting yesterday ministers from the EU countries were unable to reach an agreement on how to address the issue across Europe but France, Italy and Germany have agreed to jointly relocate migrants elsewhere within the EU or deport them to their countries of origin. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) puts the number of attempted migrant crossings into Europe for 2015 so far at over 100,000, with 1800 drowned. We’ll talk about the ongoing refugee crisis with Demetrios Papademetriou, senior fellow and president emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute.
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