Europe's migrant woes unlikely to ease

The Garden of Africa, a cemetery in southern Tunisia for migrants who drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the hope of a better life in Europe.
The Garden of Africa, a cemetery in southern Tunisia for migrants who drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the hope of a better life in Europe.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The discovery earlier last week of 25 bodies of migrants heading to Europe who drowned when their boat sank near the coast of North Africa has attracted little attention from European governments.

For tragedies of this kind are now frequent. Over the past few weeks alone, the authorities in Tunisia - one of the four North African countries through which this migration flow passes - counted more than 100 other drowned people.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 11, 2021, with the headline 'Europe's migrant woes unlikely to ease'. Subscribe