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5 Dec 2014
An Italian Navy rescue vessel pulls up next to a stranded boat filled with asylum seekers to transfer its desperate occupants. UNHCR/A. D’Amato
A “global response” is needed to solve what’s been described as a “global humanitarian crisis” following an increase in the number of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
It’s unclear exactly how many people make the often fatal journey, although it is known that 4000 people have died on the sea crossing this year.
One hundred and fifty thousand people mainly from Africa and the Middle East, have been saved by the Italian authorities over the same period.
Many of the migrant boats head to the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The majority of people are fleeing conflict, violence and poor governance in search of a better life for themselves and their families.
Praising the work of the Italian authorities, the United Nations human rights expert François Crépeau said a “new and concerted strategic approach by European States and the international community” was needed to solve what is a “global humanitarian crisis”.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations