The quantity of migrants and asylum seekers who died when making an attempt to succeed in Europe on harmful sea routes has doubled from final yr’s first semester, in line with a report from the Worldwide Group for Migration. The UN’s migration company stated the quantity was twice as excessive for the primary six months of 2021 in comparison with final yr.
The IOM writes that 1,146 folks died between January and June, though the quantity could also be far greater as shipwrecks are sometimes not reported.
In line with the company’s tally, 741 folks died on the Central Mediterranean passage between Libya and Italy, essentially the most harmful route, whereas 250 folks died on the Atlantic Ocean crossing between West Africa and the Canary Islands. 149 folks died on the Western Mediterranean journey to Spain, and not less than six folks died en path to Greece on the Jap Mediterranean path.
Causes for the rise of deaths included unstable boats making an attempt to cross the ocean, the report reads. One other trigger was “the absence of proactive, European, state-led search and rescue operations in worldwide waters mixed with restrictions on NGOs”, IOM spokesperson Safa Msehli advised the Related Press.
“These folks can’t be deserted in such a harmful journey,” Msehli stated.