Humanitarian groups have long criticised Europe’s migration policies for its focus on keeping refugees and migrants out of their borders rather than creating paths to safety. And with an ongoing pandemic, many European politicians have yet another reason to keep people at sea.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that so far this year nearly 400 people have died in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe from African shores. Since 2014, at least 20,000 have died while attempting the journey.
In the past three years, the UN says at least 36,000 people have been handed back to Libyan detention centres where detainees say they face torture and other human rights abuses.
As COVID-19 restrictions on movement ease, humanitarian rescue ships have returned to the Mediterranean. In this episode, we’ll get an update on Europe’s refugee crisis and speak to those assisting refugees and migrants at sea.
In This Story: Covid-19
Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
Latest News about Covid-19
Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.