Sutherland praises Irish migration effort
Published 18/08/2015 | 02:30
Ireland's response to the European migrant crisis has been praised by the United Nations.
The UN's special envoy on migration Peter Sutherland said that the overall response by European governments has been less than satisfactory. However, he singled out Ireland, Sweden and Germany for praise.
Addressing pilgrims at the annual Novena at Knock, Co Mayo, yesterday he said that more help needs to be given to migrants.
"Italy and Greece have received most migrants but the offers from other EU states to relocate refugees from either of these countries have been less than satisfactory," said Mr Sutherland.
"The seeming lack of solidarity demonstrated by some other member states to relocate those who are in camps in Greece and Italy is less than one might have hoped for," he added.
Mr Sutherland said that the mass migration of people has created an unparalleled humanitarian crisis.
He says more countries need to follow Ireland's example and he has called on governments and their naval forces to do more than save people from the Mediterranean and bring them to Italy.
"What has happened next has been less than satisfactory," he said.
"The numbers may be intimidating but we have no right to reject. We have no right to do other than be hospitable," he added.