European Leaders Hold Summit To Address Migrant Crisis

April 23, 2015 8:30 PM

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It's a problem that European leaders cannot ignore any longer - the mass drownings of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The leaders have been widely criticized for their lack of action and for leaving the burden to southern countries like Italy, Spain and Greece. The heads of the 28 EU member states held an emergency summit in Brussels today, but they emerged from the meeting offering few concrete proposals to deal with the crisis. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson covered the summit in Brussels and joins us now. And Soraya, what actions did the European leaders propose to take?

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Well, there were several things they mentioned. One is that they will triple the money allocated for EU rescue and border operations. Another one is to go after traffickers on their turf, basically, to destroy their boats. Exactly how they're going to do that latter o...

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