June 13, 2018 / 10:54 AM / 2 months ago

"Shameful" handling of migrant ship shows need for EU asylum reform - UN

GENEVA, June 13 (Reuters) - Italy’s rejection of a migrant ship is shameful but the responsibility lies with Europe as a whole, U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi told Reuters on Wednesday.

“It is shameful. As a European I felt shame — shame — that there was a boat — there is a boat — in the Mediterranean and for several days nobody wanted to take these people,” he said.

“It’s very clear that Europe needs to reform its asylum system in a collective manner, there’s a lot of resistance to that but there’s no other way.” (Reporting by Tom Miles Editing by Catherine Evans)

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