The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) revealed this Friday in a report that more than 3,000 people died or disappeared last year trying to reach Europe through the crossing of the central and western Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean.
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The document details that said total, some 1,924 people were declared dead or missing on the central and western Mediterranean routes; while another 1,153 perished or disappeared on the sea route from northwest Africa to the Canary Islands.
At the same time that they detail that the figure practically doubles the 1,776 deaths for this concept verified in 2020; while so far in 2022 another 478 migrants have died or disappeared at sea.
#NEW UNHCR report launched today highlights soaring death toll on dangerous sea routes to Europe. More than 3,000 people have died or gone missing in 2021, attempting to cross the Central and Western Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
— UNHCR News (@RefugeesMedia)
April 29, 2022
Which is why UNHCR made an urgent call to prevent deaths and protect refugees and asylum seekers who embark on dangerous journeys by land and sea.
It contemplates 25 countries from four different regions and that connect with Europe either by land or sea routes; routes commonly used by migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. This measure includes countries of origin, departure, first asylum, transit and destination.
In addition, requesting $163.5 million to assist and protect thousands of refugees and others as part of an updated refugee protection and solutions strategy.
Most of whom leave on their journey forced by situations of political instability; continuing armed conflicts; deterioration of socioeconomic conditions in their countries of origin, aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic context; and the impact of climate change, a trend that the international entity warned of, could increase displacements and movements of a dangerous nature in 2022.
Hence the urgency of offering alternatives to these trips, such as increased humanitarian assistance and international protection for survivors and those who have suffered human rights violations, as a containment mechanism in the face of growing human trafficking.
It should be noted that most of the sea crossings took place in vessels lacking the necessary conditions for navigation, such as inflatable boats, on crossings that, depending on the place of departure, such as the coastal states of West Africa, among which are Senegal and Mauritania, could take up to ten days.
Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983
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