Bishops call for ‘concrete actions’ on migration, not just words and money

FILE PHOTO: A migrant child, intercepted off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea, looks on before disembarking from a rescue boat after arriving at the port of Malaga, southern Spain, November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca/File Photo

The Bishops of Malta and Gozo are urging European leaders to take ‘concrete actions’ to provide shelter and support to the migrants still stranded at sea, and not simply talk about it.

Their recent address expresses their concerns over yesterday’s eventual disembarkation of migrants in Spain by Proactiva Open Arms and the continuing inaction towards 32 migrants aboard the Sea Watch 3 vessel.

‘It is a source of great concern for us that instead of helping, Europe refuses to offer shelter; when doors are shut rather than opened to those on the open sea.’, their address reads.

To date, Malta, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the EU, have denied the Sea Watch 3 vessel access to a safe port. It has been one week since those on board were rescued.

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‘What use is it for society to promote life while choosing to abandon human beings to face death at sea? As we recall the need for solidarity, we understand that we are also committing ourselves to show this same solidarity with those who urgently need help because they are fleeing a cruel environment which violently scorns human dignity; they are fleeing a cruel fate of slavery and even torture and death.’