Saturday 21 July 2018

Merkel criticises our stance on migrants

Chancellor Merkel wants the EU to help Balkan countries with the influx of refugees
Chancellor Merkel wants the EU to help Balkan countries with the influx of refugees
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

Ireland's failure to take a larger number of refugees has been criticised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The stinging attack on our opt-out to EU policies came after 50 refugees were found dead in a lorry in Austria near the Hungarian border.

Chancellor Merkel said the discovery had shaken European leaders discussing the migrant crisis at a Balkans summit.

Police made the grisly discovery in the 7.5-tonne lorry stopped on a motorway, apparently since Wednesday.

Chancellor Merkel wants the EU to help Balkan countries with the influx of refugees.

"Some countries, one has to say, are not taking part in the common European asylum policy, like the UK, Ireland and Denmark," she said.

She said there are more refugees in the world than at any time since the Second World War. "The world's eyes are upon us," she said at a summit in Vienna.

The Department of Justice said it announced a package of measures last month to help asylum seekers, including agreeing to "relocate 600 people over the next two years".

The Naval Service is also taking part in rescue missions.

Meanwhile, hundreds are feared dead after two boats carrying up to 500 migrants capsized off the Libyan coast.

Irish Independent

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