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Desperate Journeys: Refugees and migrants arriving in Europe and at Europe's borders


UNHCR

Abstract

The number of refugees and migrants making the Mediterranean Sea crossing fell in 2018 but it is likely that reductions to search and rescue capacity coupled with an uncoordinated and unpredictable response to disembarkation led to an increased death rate as people continued to flee their countries due to conflict, human rights violations, persecution, and poverty.

Indeed, this report calls for the urgent establishment of a coordinated and predictable regional response to rescue at sea, as well as greater responsibility sharing in general. This should include increased rescue capacity, specified and predictable disembarkation points, more solidarity and support for those countries where most refugees and migrants arrive, improved access to safe and legal pathways (such as resettlement, family reunification, education and labour schemes), greater protection for unaccompanied children and sexual and genderbased violence survivors, and tougher measures against the perpetrators of crimes against refugees and migrants, including traffickers and smugglers.

Scope

Europe

Year Language

2019 English, Spanish, French, Italian

Category Type

Grey Literature Report

Keywords

Justice, Refugees, Rights

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