Amnesty wants EU to provide safer routes for migrants

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SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International has called on the European Union to provide safer travel for migrants after more than 400 people were rescued when a fishing boat capsized off the Libyan port of Zuwara on Wednesday.

At least 25 bodies have been recovered so far after the shipwreck, which Amnesty has called “the first incident of this scale since EU governments agreed to scale up search and rescue operations in late April”.

“People are still crossing the central Mediterranean in their thousands almost every week to seek safety and better lives in Europe, so fatal incidents at sea are going to remain a tragic reality,” Denis Krivosheev, Deputy Europe and Central Asia Director at Amnesty said.

“Amnesty International is calling for increased pledges to resettle refugees, expanded access to Europe through humanitarian visas and family reunification and an easing of restrictions on freedom of movement of successful asylum seekers,” Amnesty added.

At least 100,000 migrants fled to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea this year so far, according to the United Nations.

 

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