Distress Migration

The Mediterranean Migration Crisis

Author : Human Rights Watch | 2016
Published By: Human Rights Watch

This report describes the human rights violations driving dangerous migration to the EU. According to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, 60 percent of the people who took the dangerous sea journey in the first five months of 2015 came from Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan, countries torn apart by war and generalized violence, or from 1 IOM, Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost During Migration, 2014, Eritrea, which is ruled by one of the most repressive governments in Africa. Many of those coming from other major sending countries — Nigeria, The Gambia, Senegal, Mali — are seeking to improve their economic opportunities or to live in more open and safe societies. But some people in these countries also experience human rights violations or forced displacement arising from conflict and may have valid refugee claims. Some migrants who have resided in Libya since before the current hostilities broke out in May 2014, are fleeing insecurity and violence in Libya.

URL : https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/eu0615_web.pdf

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