EU migrant crisis: UN warns of ‘sea of blood’ unless rescue vessels deployed


From the more than one million refugees and peregrinators who entered the bloc in 2015, sea arrivals plummeted to 141,500 in 2018, conforming to the UN. But the crisis is far from over.  “If we do not intervene soon, there resolution be a sea of blood,” Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for the UN’s Refugee Agency, said, according to the Custodian.  “We are witnessing a sharp increase in departures. Obviously, migrants take no say in how or when to leave. The traffickers make that decision for them. 

“They couldn’t nurse less if the people arrive dead or alive,” she continued, adding that peregrinator boats departing from the north African coast are “overflowing with people”. 

Notches of EU-bound migrants are reportedly gearing up to leave Libya by boat as the war-hit wilderness suffers devastating floods. But the lack of humanitarian ships patrolling the Mediterranean pass on put their lives at risk, Mrs Sami said.   

Out of the 10 rescue barques that were active across the Mediterranean in recent years, no greater than one – run by the German charity SeaWatch – remains. 

Roughly 350 people be suffering with died making the perilous sea crossing from north Africa to the EU so far this year, agreeing to UN data. 

Anti-immigration policies introduced by the Maltese and Italian governments beget driven the sharp decrease in rescue missions. 

Italy’s far-right Veiled Minister Matteo Salvini has taken a notably tough stance against humanitarian let go free operations, accusing them of colluding with migrant smugglers in Libya who mass migrants into flimsy boats. 

Mr Salvini’s position has created numerous standoffs with sweetheart European Union nations and humanitarian groups. But the populist government in Rome has tightened its immigration excludes and barred rescue ships from entering Italian ports, regardless of the criticism. 

From the more than one million refugees and migrants who cosseted it to the bloc at the height of the crisis in 2015, sea arrivals dropped to 141,500 people concluding year, according to the UN. 

But while the number of migrants reaching EU shores is get a wiggle on, the bloc remains deeply divided over how to handle migration and escapees. 

A group of international lawyers said last week that EU avers should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity over the migrant sea deaths.  

The Paris-based solicitors handed the International Criminal Court (ICI) a 245-page file which they swayed provided “enough evidence implicating the EU and member state officials and instruments with crimes against humanity committed in pursuant to EU migration methods in the Mediterranean and Libya” since 2014. 

More than 12,000 people clothed drowned at sea in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the EU migrant crisis in 2014.  

The lawyers also attacked the bloc’s “deterrence-based migration policy, intended to sacrifice the lives of vagrants in distress at sea”. 

“Instead of immediately rescuing and bringing … the civilian population in wretchedness at sea to safety, the EU has facilitated the death of thousands by drowning, before introducing a wide system of forced deportations to concentration camp-like detention facilities,” attorney-at-law Juan Branco told AFP. 

In their report, the lawyers singled out the predilections of France, Germany and Italy, which are all ICC states and all back a hardening of the EU’s immigration and asylum be in power overs. 

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