European leaders want to change the system for refugees trying to reach Europe. They are shocked by the Lampedusa tragedy. More than 250 people from Africa drowned after their boat sank. They were just a few hundred meters from the beach. Almost 20,000 asylum seekers have died in the Mediterranean Sea in the past ten years. After every boat sinks, European politicians call for change. However, after a little time, the talking stops and nothing happens. No one knows if the current disaster near Lampedusa will lead to action from European governments. One suggestion is more money for search and rescue operations that will cover all of the Mediterranean, "from Spain to Cyprus".
The answer to the problem of asylum seekers is very difficult. The perfect solution is for Europe to completely open its borders to anyone. However, no country in the world does this. It would be very unpopular in all European countries. Many countries in Europe already want to make their borders stronger to slow down the number of people coming in. Italian interior minister Angelino Alfano said: "[Italy is] in the middle of the Mediterranean and we have saved thousands and thousands of lives. We now ask for some help from Europe." He added: "The Mediterranean represents the Africa-Europe border, not the Africa-Italy border." He called for Europe to share the responsibility.
1.interior minister 内政部长
例句：Aziz says that if his opponents have any complaints about the vote, they should go to the Interior Minister and the nation's Constitutional Council.
阿齐兹说，如果他的对手对选举有任何不满，他们应该去找内政部长和国家宪法委员会。 这对阿齐兹来讲是个巨大的胜利 。
2.ask for 寻找
例句：He asked me politely for the book.
3.asylum seeker 寻求庇护者
例句：Fewer than 7% of asylum seekers are accepted as political refugees.
4.call for 要求
例句：He sat down and called for some beer.
1.Who wants to change a system?
a) asylum seekers
c) the United Nations
d) European leaders
2.How far were the refugees from a beach?
a) 10 metres
b) a few hundred metres
c) 2 km
d) too far to swim
3.How many people have died in the Mediterranean in the past 10 years?
a) just over 20,000
c) almost 20,000
d) around 20,000
4.What happens after European leaders stop talking?
b) action starts
c) they talk more
d) people vote
5.What did someone suggest more money for?
a) stronger borders
b) refugee accommodation
c) search and rescue operations
d) stronger boats
6.What did the article say the perfect solution was?
a) help poor countries
b) completely open borders
c) end immigration
d) hunt and jail human traffickers
7.What do many European countries want to do to their borders?
a) knock them down
b) close them
c) make them longer
d) strengthen them
8.Who has saved thousands and thousands of lives?
b) Lampedusa search and rescue
c) the EU
9.From whom is Italy asking for help?
a) the U.N.
d) Spain and Cyprus
10.What is the Mediterranean not?
b) the Africa-Italy border
c) a sea
d) the Africa-Europe border