Over 12,500 refugees entered Europe in 2019

Middle East Near You Over 12,500 refugees entered Europe in 2019 Migrants in Mediterranean Sea [Tamer Yazar/Twitter] April 12, 2019 at 7:56 pm

Some 12,546 migrants and refugees have reached Europe by sea since the beginning of 2019, the UN migration agency said today, as reported on Anadolu Agency.

Also, 407 migrants died at sea this year, according a report published by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

During the same period last year, nearly 16,218 refugees and migrants entered Europe and 558 others drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.

The IOM, United Nations Refugee Agency and UNICEF expressed concern earlier today over the situation of 62 migrants and refugees rescued on April 3. READ: Aid ship carrying 64 refugees stranded in Mediterranean

“The Agencies reaffirm the absolute priority of saving lives at sea and guaranteeing safe and timely disembarkation,” a joint statement said.

“The situation in Libya makes it absolutely necessary to establish disembarkation mechanisms that are predictable and in line with all international conventions, under which the North African country cannot be considered a safe port.”

In the last few days, two women have been disembarked from the ship for health concerns.

Some 30,510 migrants died between 2014 and 2018 while making the treacherous journey to Europe, the UN agency reported early January. Categories ## Comments | Show Comments This work by Middle East Monitor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License . If the image(s) bear our credit, this license also applies to them. What does that mean? For permissions beyond the scope of this license, please contact us . Spotted an error on this page? Let us know This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Related