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Mediterranean Sea journeys for migrants have grown extra lethal: UNHCR |


Newest information visualisation figures from UNHCR, reveals that there have been 3,231 useless or lacking at sea final 12 months, a pointy rise from 2020.

Final 12 months’s shipwreck dying toll is on a par with 2014, though virtually twice as many individuals crossed the ocean to Europe eight years in the past, when the exodus of these fleeing struggle in Syria, struggle was at its peak.

The scenario is a “widespread, longstanding and largely ignored tragedy”, mentioned UNHCR.

The UN company famous that though a few of these crossing the Mediterranean need a greater life and higher jobs, many are fleeing battle, violence or persecution.

Out of Africa

The commonest international locations of origin for folks transferring alongside Mediterranean routes embody these affected by years of battle and displacement, notably within the East and Horn of Africa areas.

UNHCR Spokesperson Shabia Mantoo, advised journalists in Geneva that along with the rising dying toll at sea, the company is anxious that “deaths and abuses are additionally widespread alongside land routes, mostly in and thru the international locations of origin and transit, together with Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Libya – the place the overwhelming majority of dangers and incidents are reported.”


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The No Finish in Sight visualization, reveals that in 2014, greater than 200,000 refugees and migrants moved from East and West Africa, to North Africa, an onwards to Europe, peaking in 2015, when greater than one million reaches European international locations.

Numbers step by step decreased within the following years, and ebbed additional throughout the COVID-19 lockdown interval. Regardless of measures carried out in 2020, smuggers have rapidly tailored to seek out different routes to bypass official controls, mentioned UNHCR. The movement has been rising since 2021, suggesting a seamless upward development.

Prevention and safety

Calling for extra motion to forestall deaths and shield refugees and asylum seekers who’re embarking on these journeys, UNHCR launched an up to date safety and options technique – and new funding attraction – earlier in April.

The attraction requires elevated humanitarian help, help and options for folks in want of worldwide safety and survivors of gross human rights abuses, mentioned the company’s Ms. Mantoo.

It covers round 25 international locations throughout three completely different areas related by the identical land and sea routes that are utilized by migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

“On the identical time, UNHCR is urging States to make sure protected options to harmful crossings and to decide to strengthened humanitarian, improvement and peace motion to handle safety and options challenges”, the Spokesperson added.

UNHCR has joined different UN companies to urge States to undertake measures making certain that refugees and migrants retrieved at sea are disembarked in locations the place their lives and human rights are safeguarded.

© SOS Méditerranée/Fabian Mondl

Migrants are rescued off the Libyan coast in April by the NGO, SOS Méditerranée.


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