Risk of south Europe becoming open-air refugee camp - MSF

'Cynical and obtuse' choice in closing off Balkan Route

(ANSA) - Rome, April 12 - With the arrival of warm weather and the closure of the Balkan Route southern Europe "risks becoming open-air refugee camps", the president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Loris De Filippi, said Tuesday. He said MSF would do its utmost to help migrants and refugees in the central Mediterranean. "I think Europe has made a cynical but very obtuse calculation" in blocking off the Balkan Route, he said, warning that France would soon follow Austria in closing off its border with Italy. MSF has decided to put to sea again, De Filippi said, "because the number of ships carrying out rescues appears insufficient". He said "we will be at sea for three months and then we will assess whether to continue".