Tag Archives: Mediterranean Tragedy

UNHCR: 2,500 Refugees Drowned So Far in 2016

refugees deadliest week of 2016
UN releases figures after deadliest week (May 23 – 30) of the year for refugees as 880 lost their lives in Mediterranean

By Al Jazeera,

At least 2,510 refugees have died while making the perilous journey to Europe so far this year, the UN refugee agency said, with fears rising that many more will suffer the same fate.

According to UNHCR, the figure marks an increase of 25 percent from the same five-month period in 2015, when some 1,855 refugees drowned. In 2015, from January until the end of May, at least 57 people died en route to Europe. Continue reading UNHCR: 2,500 Refugees Drowned So Far in 2016

Boat with 400 Ethiopia and Somalia Migrants Capsized

More than 400 Migrants, mostly from Somalia and Ethiopia, have reportedly drowned after their boat that departed from Egyptian shores have capsized.

By TesfaNews,

More than 400 migrants and refugees from Somalia and Ethiopia are feared to have drowned in the Egyptian shores after the boat they were being transferred to by traffickers capsized in the Mediterranean, survivors say.

Somali media reports say that rescue workers have only managed to save 41 of the 500 or so passengers from the waters and took them to southern Greek city of Kalamata. Continue reading Boat with 400 Ethiopia and Somalia Migrants Capsized

Why Journalists Should Verify Figures from the U.N. and NGOs

Skepticism before Sympathy. Why the usual fact verification safeguards break down when reporters deal with NGOs and non-profit sources?

By Salem Solomon | Casey Frechette,

In a 2014 press release, the U.N. reported that 5,000 people crossed from Eritrea to neighboring Ethiopia in October of that year. It was an alarming surge of people fleeing a country with indefinite military service and severe constrictions on personal freedom.

In a more recent, widely publicized report, the U.N. stated that “overall, it is estimated that 5,000 people leave Eritrea each month, mainly to neighbouring countries.” Annually, this outflow represents about 1 percent of the country’s population and accounts for a significant portion of refugees traveling to Europe.

The U.N. has not published or provided the authors with specific sources for its statistics on Eritrean refugees. Press releases become primary points of reference, despite lacking details on methodologies. But dozens of international news outlets have repeated the assertion that 5,000 people flee the country every month. The claim has appeared in Al Jazeera, BBC News, CNN, Fox News, Quartz, Reuters, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other prominent outlets. Continue reading Why Journalists Should Verify Figures from the U.N. and NGOs

EU Asks States to Accept 40,000 Asylum Seekers

The EU asked its member states to admit over the next two years 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who have already landed in Italy and Greece.

By BBC News,

THE European Commission has called on EU member states to take in 40,000 asylum seekers from Syria and Eritrea who land in Italy and Greece over the next two years.

Germany, France and Spain would receive the most migrants under the Commission’s latest plan.

The idea of using quotas to resettle those who have made it to Europe has caused controversy in some EU states. Continue reading EU Asks States to Accept 40,000 Asylum Seekers

The Traffic Racket: The Eritrean “Activists”

The role of so called Eritrean ‘activists’ on the Human Trafficking of Eritreans

By Red Sea Fisher,

THIS piece is the first in a series of articles on the “The Traffic Racket.” The series will look into the shocking evidence of a smuggling and trafficking network facilitated by human rights activists working with refugee agencies, state governments and officials, NGOs and international bodies to smuggle Eritreans, particularly children, from Eritrea. Exploited Eritrean migrants often show up on European shores with few observers understanding that the growing tide of trans-Mediterranean migrants is the result of a larger trafficking racket. Continue reading The Traffic Racket: The Eritrean “Activists”

Mediterranean Migrants Should be Turned Back: Home Secretary

“There is a difference between people fleeing persecution and economic migrants crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of a better life. The latter group should be sent back to their country of origin – even if against their will … We simply must not provide new incentives for those simply seeking to come for economic reasons …. otherwise, we are encouraging more people to put their lives at risk – or which makes it easier for the gangs responsible for their misery”- Home Secretary Theresa May ( ITV/Rex)

By AFP,

ECONOMIC migrants who attempt to reach the European Union by crossing the Mediterranean should be turned back, Britain said on Wednesday, even as the Royal Navy rescued 445 people packed into inflatable boats.

Home Secretary Theresa May’s comments come amid an EU row over how to address a crisis that has seen thousands of migrants drown fleeing conflict and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East.  Continue reading Mediterranean Migrants Should be Turned Back: Home Secretary