UN asks for 100 mn dollars for migrants in Mediterranean

UNHCR urges protection for Africans travelling to Europe

27 January, 14:36

    GENEVA - In order to boost the protection of thousands of African migrants who cross the Mediterranean on rickety boats to reach Europe, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has asked for 100 million dollars. "The absolute priority - according to a statement published by UNHCR - is to offer safe and viable alternatives to these dangerous trips characterized by abuses and deaths". In 2020 alone, the UN agency recalled, there were 1,064 victims in the Mediterranean Sea.

    UNHCR expressed "deep concern" for the escalation of conflicts and the entity of the displaced in Sahel, so far 2.9 million people. In the absence of a perspective of peace and stability in the region, "it is highly likely that there will be more movements of populations and that many will attempt the dangerous crossing towards Europe", UNHCR warned.

    The appeal of UNHCR for new funds comes from the organization's 2021 Strategic action plan that vies to increase access, identification and assistance for refugees during their journey and to improve access to education and livelihoods in host countries.

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