The Monitor's View Europe's urgent task of saving migrants

A rapid rise in migrants trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean – with many not making it – requires the EU to overhaul its immigration policies and anti-migrant fears.

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Europe was given a vivid reminder this week of why it must come to a consensus soon on a better immigration policy. Nearly 400 people, mainly Africans, drowned in the Mediterranean when their vessel capsized after setting off from Libya for Italy. It was the worst such incident since 2013 and marks the sharp rise in such sea fatalities so far in 2015 compared with last year’s toll, which itself set a record.