UN: Despite number decline, desperate migrants to Europe face greater perils
12.04.2018 17:39 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of this year Jan-Mar, the number of people crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Italy from Libya declined 74% against last year similar, UN Radio says referring to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report titled Desperate Journeys.
As to the report, however, the number of the migrants perishing along this way has grown twice. The dangers they faced along their journey in many cases strengthened.
As to the report, within this year Jan-Mar, one person died for every 14 persons successfully crossing the sea, compared to one death for every 29 arrivals as of last year similar.
Furthermore, those reaching Europe within this year Jan-Mar arrived in extremely poor health and a significant share of them experienced trafficking, torture and other abuses prior to boarding boats within Libya.
Thus, the Report ends with a conclusion that this desperate situation requires wider international support to be provided for the countries at primary arrival points within Europe (for instance, for the arrangement of safe relocations). The European Union, in its turn, should strengthen cooperation among countries within the region.
It is to be admitted, within its Report, the UNCHR has also called for enhanced access to safe and legal pathways for those in need of international protection, including greater commitments to resettlement, removal of obstacles to family reunification and strengthened protection for children.