UN Agencies: Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2018 Top 100,000, Deaths Exceed 2,000: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年11月07日

UN Agencies: Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2018 Top 100,000, Deaths Exceed 2,000

2018/11/7
UN Agencies: Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2018 Top 100,000, Deaths Exceed 2,000
TEHRAN (FNA)- UN agencies reported on Tuesday that the number of migrants and refugees who died while crossing the Mediterranean this year has exceeded 2,000 while the numbers crossing the sea reached 100,630.

UN refugee agency UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxely said at a UN briefing that "some 17 people have been found dead this week off the Spanish coast, meaning that the number of lives lost on the Mediterranean this year has now exceeded 2,000", Xinhua reported.

"The Mediterranean has for several years been the world's deadliest sea route for refugees and migrants. That it continues to be so, should be unacceptable to all," the spokesperson added.

He stated that around 105,000 asylum seekers and migrants have reached Europe so far this year, representing a return to pre-2014 levels.

"However, the 2,000 drownings mean that the rate of deaths, particularly in the Central Mediterranean, has escalated sharply," Yaxley said, adding that in September, one life was lost for every eight people who crossed.

"This was in large part due to substantially reduced search and rescue capacity," the UNHCR spokesperson noted.

At the same briefing, UN migration agency the International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesperson Joel Millman said that the number of migrants and refugees entering Europe by sea in 2018 through November 4, marked the fifth straight year their arrivals have topped 100,000.

IOM announced that the 100,630 migrants and refugees who entered Europe by sea in 2018 through November 4, included 49,013 to Spain, the region's most active destination point this year, with just under 50 percent of all 2018 arrivals.

The region's total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 154,825 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 337,773 at this point in 2016, according to the IOM.

"This marks the fifth straight year arrivals of irregular migrants and refugees have topped the 100,000 benchmark --- although in all previous years that arrival threshold was reached much earlier in the year," Millman stated.

Last year that quantity of arrivals was reached in July, just as was the case in 2014. In 2015 Mediterranean arrivals reached 100,000 in June. In 2016 the number was reached in February.

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