Wednesday, 17 August 2016

At least 2,500 Africans have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe- UNHCR

Rescued: Aid agencies say smugglers are using riskier tactics to increase the amount of people that cross

More than 2,500 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean already in 2016 alone.

The shocking figures were announced not too long ago by officials of the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR who revealed they are unable to take into account the potentially hundreds more that drown in undetected boats.

African migrants are continuing to try to cross the more dangerous 'central Mediterranean' route from Libya to Italy, which claims the lives of hundreds every week.

The odds of dying on the route between Libya and Italy- which is longer and much more dangerous than the crossings across the Aegean -is now one in 23.

So far this year, the vast majority of sub-Saharan Africans are from countries like Senegal, Nigeria and Gambia, who are classed as economic migrants, as well as many from Eritrea and Somalia, who are more viewed as asylum seekers.

Source: Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail