“Horrified” UN rights chief calls for EU action on migrants

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein wants the EU to accept that it needs migrant workers. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Reaction has been swift from the UN's human rights chief following the deaths of 700 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean at the weekend.

In a statement on Monday UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he was "horrified but not surprised" after learning that "yet more" men, women and children had died in search of "better and safer lives abroad".

He insisted that no one would embark on such perilous sea crossings unless they had no choice, while UN spokesperson for the High Commissioner Rupert Colville told Daniel Johnson that the European Union had to stop going "round and round in circles" on immigration.

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