From the Daily Mail:
Antonio Tajani said the severity of the migrant crisis is being underestimated
European Parliament president called on urgent action to confront problem
By Rory Tingle For Mailonline PUBLISHED: 19:46 EDT, 7 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:31 EDT, 8 July 2017
Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, has said the scale and severity of the migrant crisis is being underestimated
The number of migrants crossing into Europe from Africa will be in the millions within five years unless urgent action is taken, a senior EU official has warned.
Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, has said the scale and severity of the migrant crisis is being underestimated and must be tackled urgently.
In an interview with Il Messagero newspaper, Mr Tajani said there would be an exodus ‘of biblical proportions that would be impossible to stop if we don’t confront the problem now’.
‘Population growth, climate change, desertification, wars, famine in Somalia and Sudan. These are the factors that are forcing people to leave.
‘When people lose hope, they risk crossing the Sahara and the Mediterranean because it is worse to stay at home, where they run enormous risks. If we don’t confront this soon, we will find ourselves with millions of people on our doorstep within five years.
‘Today we are trying to solve a problem of a few thousand people, but we need to have a strategy for millions of people.’