The coffins with the bodies of immigrants who died trying to reach the Italian coast arrive from Lampedusa on February 11, 2015 in Porto Empedocle where they will be buried in cemeteries of the area.AFP PHOTO / MARCELLO PATERNOSTRO
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The U.N. refugee agency Thursday urged the European Union to do far more to save migrant lives in the Mediterranean after the latest high seas tragedy, saying its maritime border patrol is "woefully inadequate".UNHCR issued its strongly worded statement after more than 300 migrants were feared drowned this week when their overcrowded dinghies sank on the perilous crossing from North Africa to Europe.Triton, which comes under the authority of the EU borders agency Frontex, has a monthly budget of 2.9 million euros ($3.3 million) and its patrols are generally restricted to the waters of EU member states.UNHCR said at least 3,500 people lost their lives last year out of more than 218,000 migrants who crossed the Mediterranean, making it the most deadly route in the world.
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