Rome-The sinking Monday of a ship carrying over 30 people was the worst immigration tragedy in England Channel history.
These migrant shipwrecks are common in the waters near the southern borders of Europe.
UN officials have estimated that 1,600 people died or disappeared in Mediterranean this year, making it the most important gateway for migrants trying to reach Europe with the assistance of human smugglers.
While the death toll is significantly higher than last year’s, it isn’t unusual. According to the International Organization for Migration, 23,000. people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean on rickety boats or rubber boats since 2014. This figure reached a high of over 5,000 in 2016. In the British channel, 166 people were killed in the same period.
Flavio Di Giacomo, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (Italy), stated that 85 people died trying to reach Italy via Libya last week. These tragic events have not attracted much attention in Europe.
Di Giacomo stated that “It’s a question about proximity.” “I believe the media’s attention on what happened between Britain & France is also because it’s new. Europe isn’t used to it being on its continent. It is more common to have it at its external borders.
The central Mediterranean is the most popular and fatally dangerous route for European immigration. It is where people travel in cramped boats from Libya and Tunisia to Italy. According to the Office of United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees, approximately 60,000 people arrived in Italy via sea, while around 1,200 died or were left behind.
Based in part on the information gleaned from survivors of shipwrecks, the number of missing can be estimated.
Migrant rescue activists reported on Thursday that a ship carrying 430 migrants in the central Mediterranean was entering waters. They urged European authorities to help. Sea-Watch has another ship operating that will transport 463 migrants.
Traffic on the Atlantic’s more dangerous route has also increased since last year. In an attempt to reach the Canary Islands, immigrants set out from Senegal and Mauritania on small wooden boats. Some ships went down near the African coast, others drifted into the Atlantic Ocean, and some others sank further away.
Digiacomo stated that the route to West Africa is dangerous and long.
He claimed that the International Organization for Migration recorded 900 Canary route deaths this year. However, the real number could double and “no one has really paid much attention to it.”
Carlota Sami from the United Nations Human Rights Office (Italy) pointed out that nine in ten refugees had fled to other countries. EU governments should offer refugees “safe passages” in order to lessen extreme risks. The number of people traveling …”