Concerns over refugee crisis intensify as more people die

By Liz Dunphy

Today's grim discovery of an abandoned lorry leaking fluid on an Austrian highway, full of decomposing dead bodies, has cast an unforgiving light on Europe's policy on the refugee crisis fast corroding its borders.

As the full scale of the horror that refugees are desperately fleeing in the Middle East and Africa slowly seeps into public dialogue through stories shared, this latest tragedy likely represents a small fraction of the nightmare that countless people live and die in while trying to reach a better life.

Authorities in Austria said it may be tomorrow before they know how many people perished in the lorry, abandoned in the summer heat. Read more here.

The term 'migrant crisis' is very slowly being replaced by the realisation that the increasing number of people looking for peace and stability within Europe's borders represents a major refugee crisis, one which war-torn countries' neighbours, such as Lebanon and Jordan, have been trying to deal with for years now.

As the public lexicon slowly changes, and the realities of war and corrupt governments squeeze through Europe's borders and swim to her shores, European leaders have met to formulate plans to tackle the situation.

Speaking in Vienna, the EU Commission's Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini said that it is up to European governments to jointly address the refugee crisis.

"If we act in time and consistently we can both save lives, and tackle criminal organisations, and prevent tragic losses," said Ms Mogherini.

"Here again I say, it is not for the Commission to make new proposals, it is for the Member States to take responsibility."

Meanwhile at least 10 migrants have died off the coast of Libya today.

The country's coast guard said they were on board a boat carrying about 200 people when it sank.

AFP reports only between 20 and 30 have been rescued from the Mediterranean as of yet.

More in this Section

New Zealand national carrier suspends new bookings for flights into countryNew Zealand national carrier suspends new bookings for flights into country

Death toll from Japan floods rises to 50Death toll from Japan floods rises to 50

Estate agents respond better to buyers with certain accents, research suggestsEstate agents respond better to buyers with certain accents, research suggests

Woman charged after alleged racist confrontation in Central ParkWoman charged after alleged racist confrontation in Central Park


One iron-clad prediction for the future is that virtual reality will only get bigger and better. For now, however, virtual reality is content with taking baby steps forward, by allowing gamers to become iron-clad instead.GameTech review: Solid offering from Iron Man VR shows virtual reality getting bigger

Often dismissed as the unruly fashion child thanks to the denim cut-off, shorts are a major player this season. As seen on the runways of The Row to Saint Laurent, designers are re-discovering the charm of shorts. Versatility is their style power. From knee-length to the biker there is one to suit all, writes Paula BurnsHow to find the perfect pair of shorts this summer

The skincare tips to help with mask acne and irritationThe Skin Nerd: How to counteract the effects of 'Mask Face' on your skin

As the junior TV talent show returns for a new series, Georgia Humphreys chats to and the other and other mentors back for new series of The Voice Kids

More From The Irish Examiner