Tuesday July 14, 2020

The bitter, dangerous road to a cold Irish welcome

Must we relive Ireland’s mean-spirited response to Europe’s post-war refugees?

16th May, 2015

Among the people recently rescued from the Mediterranean en route from Libya to Italy, some have been from Bangladesh.

I looked that journey up on Google Maps. “Sorry,” it said, “we could not calculate directions from Bangladesh to Libya.”

During an earlier stage of the Mediterranean migration crisis, when Spain was the destination of choice, I travelled to Morocco to meet people en route. I had expected to find Nigerians and...

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