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.


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