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EU accused of reinforcing its anti-refugee position

Jerome Hughes

Press TV, Brussels

EU home affairs ministers held an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss ways to address a growing refugee crisis. 281,000 people entered the EU, seeking asylum, in the twelve months to October this year, a 77% increase on the previous twelve months. But the ministers' meeting didn't appear to offer much hope.

Rights groups say this approach is scandalous considering the EU was able to take in 4.3 million Ukrainian refugees within a few months. Regarding refugees coming from the Middle East and Africa, some member states are furious that other EU countries won't help with the numbers.

One aid worker has told us he witnessed awful conditions for refugees on the Greek-Macedonian border. 2,000 refugees died in the Mediterranean Sea this year as they tried to reach the EU.

The bloc is paying billions of euro to countries like Turkey and Libya to prevent asylum seekers from coming here. Earlier this week in the European Parliament the EU's broken asylum policy was castigated.

It was suggested in the parliament that EU authorities are racist, that Ukrainian refugees are welcome simply because of their skin color. Rights groups are also condemning the racism, and are asking EU leaders to remember the bloc's values they talk so much about.

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