EUROPE’S ANTI-MIGRANT STANCE RESULTED IN THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS

Written by on July 19, 2020

Violence, human-rights abuses, disappearances and deaths – that is how the situation on the Mediterranean is being described as with migrants and refugees, who flee Libya hoping to reach Europe, losing their lives at sea.

Since 2014, more than 20,000 migrants and refugees have died at sea while trying to reach Europe from Africa.

The reality is far worse than what the figure suggests, officials and analysts have warned, as the bodies of those who do not survive are not always recovered, identified and counted.

The Central Mediterranean route is described by the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR as the most dangerous migration route in the world – one in six people who departs the shores of North Africa dies.


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