Mediterranean route unsafe for refugees – 1500 perish in 2011
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Mediterranean route unsafe for refugees – 1500 perish in 2011

Tripoli : Libya | Jan 31, 2012 at 6:56 AM PST
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The sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea in Tripoli, Libya

The UN High Commissioner of Refugees is worried that Libyans are losing their lives while making efforts to escape via the Mediterranean Sea route even though they know that it is fraught with dangers.

In 2011, as many as 1500 deaths have been reported of people who tried to go out of Libya and into freedom by using this sea route – they met with a watery grave. Despite warnings of high seas and poor and unfavorable weather conditions, as many as three boats tried to use this route and one of these went missing.

As per statistics last year 58,000 people arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean Sea and in 2008, the figure was nearly 54,000. The favored destinations for most were Greece, Italy, and Malta. Many used boats that were not seaworthy and at times, the refugees had to pilot the boats themselves and take all the risks.

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