UNHCR calls for “solutions” for shipwrecks like the English Channel: “Saving lives should be a priority”

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said he was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the death of at least 27 migrants in a shipwreck in the English Channel on Wednesday and called for “solutions” that take into account that “should save lives”. always be the priority “when it comes to migration.

UNHCR’s director in Europe, Pascale Moreau, recalled that the route connecting France with the United Kingdom was “one of the most dangerous in the world”. The “unprecedented tragedy” on Wednesday, in his opinion, demonstrates the need to take action, believing that “it could have been avoided”.

“Now is the time for all countries and civil society to commit to putting life, rights and human dignity at the center of the discussions,” said Moreau, who warned that without “safer alternatives” people would go on with their lives “Despair” puts you at risk of being at the mercy of “unscrupulous” human traffickers.

UNHCR calls for “solutions” for shipwrecks like the English Channel: “Saving lives should be a priority”
UNHCR calls for “solutions” for shipwrecks like the English Channel: “Saving lives should be a priority”

Moreau has campaigned for a “coordinated and comprehensive” response not only in France and Great Britain, but also in other countries, so that, for example, migrants are warned of the risks of onward travel, receive the necessary care and fight against the mafias.

Everything, he added, without losing sight of the fact that there are also people among these groups who need “international protection” and who should therefore receive it. Among the migrants, “there are people who are fleeing conflict areas and who have faced many challenges and dangers in their travels,” said the UNHCR official.

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