Today, December 18 is celebrated International Day of Migration. This day was established by the United Nations on 4 December 2000, following the exponentially increasing number of migrants worldwide.
Although the festive occasion, we can not think of migrants and to enjoy the tragic events that took place this year, for which the International Organization for Migration (IOM) report in 2014 as the deadliest year ever for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. In this regard it is expected to take urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable people desperate.

Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year has been particularly bad. The IOM reports some 5,000 people have lost their lives fleeing across seas, remote deserts or mountains.

Most of these deaths, two-thirds, have occurred in the Mediterranean. IOM said more than 3,000 people have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in flimsy smugglers’ boats while trying to reach Europe. Most of those risking their lives are Syrians and Palestinians fleeing conflict and migrants from the Horn of Africa, particularly Eritreans, desperate to escape fighting, oppression and poverty.

Date posted: Thursday December 18th, 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on December 18 – International Migrants Day

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