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Refugee Int’l Faults Death Of Over 63 African Sea Migrants On  EU, Italian Migration Policy | NEWS RANGERS

Refugee Int’l Faults Death Of Over 63 African Sea Migrants On  EU, Italian Migration Policy

MIGRANT DEATH

LAGOS FEBRUARY 28TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Refugee International has blamed the death of over 63 African sea migrants on European Union and Italian migration policy.

A statement by  Refugees International President Jeremy Konyndyk made available to NewsRangers said, “The deaths at sea of more than 63 migrants—including an infant and children—off the coast of southern Italy on Sunday is not an accident. It is an outcome that flows directly from EU and Italian migration policies that have made the Mediterranean routes more dangerous by design, in order to deter migration.  

“Over the past decade, EU policy has pushed migrants toward increasingly dangerous migration routes while obstructing lifesaving rescue operations. This latest tragedy comes just days after Italy’s parliament passed a new law making it more difficult for NGOs to conduct rescues at sea. It also comes on the heels of Greece attempting to prosecute NGO staff for serving on rescue operations.

“Rather than deterring asylum seekers, these policies simply endanger more people and increase the risks of migrants drowning. More incidents like this one are inevitable.

“If Europe can absorb millions of Ukrainian refugees when it chooses to, tragedies like the one should not be allowed to occur.”

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