Hot Zones Departure - Africa et al

In 2015 Nearly 1,000 Asylum Seekers Died at Sea by April 2015



Record numbers of migrants are dying in the Mediterranean this year, amid the largest wave of mass-migration since the second world war. So far intribes sm 1 2015, nearly a thousand asylum seekers have drowned,  including 450 this week in at least three separate incidents. That puts the death toll at around 20 times higher than the equivalent figure in 2014, which was itself a record year. 


Vissitudes: Water shortages onboard ships carrying slaves were to throw them overboard. An example of poor problem-solving.

His friends all know about the deaths at sea this week, he says. But they’ll risk the journey anyway because, once again, they feel it’s the least bad option. “We follow the news on the African TV and the BBC, we know what’s going on,” says the 32-year-old. “We call each other, we say, ‘eh, man, you see what’s happening?’ But you know in French we say: ‘Cabri mort n’a pas peur du couteau’” … A dead goat doesn’t fear the butcher’s knife.  

 As reported in the New York Times article;  "The Flight of Refugees Around the Globe" by SERGIO PEÇANHA and TIM WALLACE JUNE 20, 2015 ....... Nearly 60 million people are displaced around the world because of conflict and persecution, the largest number ever recorded by the United Nations. About 14 million of those fled in 2014, according to a report released this week. 


The Flight of Refugee


For the purposes of Media Information we cite The International Organization for Migration. Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency reports that 43,204 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 23 April,  over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece.

Deaths on the Mediterranean between January 1st 2017 and April 23rd 2017 are 1,089,  the total number of deaths on the Mediterranean where passage from North Africa to Europe continues to be the deadliest route migrants use anywhere on Earth, according to data prepared by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project.

During the week of April 10th 2017, IOM has recorded the deaths of over 100 migrants trying to reach Europe through Spain or Italy after sailing from the North African coast. So far in 2017 (Jan - April 23rd, 2017), 36,851 migrants or refugees entered Italy  by sea, a nearly 45 percent increase over the total number of arrivals coming to Italy by the Central Mediterranean route last year at the same time.

NGOs came into play in 2014, first with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) that started to patrol the water zone between Libya and Italy, carrying out its first rescue operations. The presence of NGOs in the Central Mediterranean then expanded throughout 2015 and even more so in 2016, thanks to the interventions of organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), SOS Mediterranée, Jugend Retter, Proactiva Open Arms, Save the Children, Sea Watch, and Boat Refugee.

IOM Rome spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo reported that the most extensive search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean today occur close to Libyan waters, and are carried out by the many NGOs patrolling the Central Mediterranean area with their ships. The second largest rescue entity is the Italian Coast Guard, and its rescue ships under Triton. Then there are the vessels operating under EUNAVFOR MED and, lastly, commercial ships that sometimes are called on for help in rescuing migrants on dinghies that are adrift or sinking. Di Giacomo said that in 2016 alone, of a total of 181,436 rescued migrants who were brought to safety in Italy, NGOs saved the lives of 49,796. The Italian Navy rescued 36,084 migrants, followed by the Italian Coast Guard and the ships financed by Frontex (35,875 rescued migrants), EUNAVFOR MED (22,885 rescued), the Frontex agency – except Italian vessels – (13,616 rescued), the commercial ships with 13,888 and, lastly, foreign military ships with 7,404 rescued migrants.

Contrary to Popular Beliefs and Press Reports - Not One of the 50 most Populous Refugee Camps are in Europe but Africa & Asia .......

... but located in Kenya, India and South Asia. The legacy of the world’s conflicts can be seen in the scores of camps for refugees around the world. Not one of the 50 most populous settlements administered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees are situated in Europe. Contrary to popular belief, many of these settlements are far from temporary, and most of the largest ones are in Africa and South Asia. In total, these camps are home to over 1.9 million uprooted people. The massive Dadaab Complex in Kenya (which includes the Hagadera, Dagahaley, and Ifo camps) has existed for years. Many refugee settlements are located on arid or marginal lands.  With scarce local resources from which to draw, most residents of these facilities depend on external aid for survival.



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