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Italy: Death toll in Med. may rise to 5,000 by end of year - UN refugee commissioner02:37

Italy: Death toll in Med. may rise to 5,000 by end of year - UN refugee commissioner

Italy, Rome
December 2, 2016 at 15:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

The number of deaths in the Mediterranean Sea resulting from the refugee crisis could come to 5,000 by the end of 2016, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stated in Rome, Friday.

Speaking during a session at the Mediterranean Dialogues forum dedicated to migration, Grandi stated that that despite strong measures being laid down to counter the strain of the refugee crisis on Europe in the summer of 2015, the decisions were never properly implemented.

“Good decisions were made in the summer of last year, at the peak of the crisis in terms of monitoring borders, screening people at borders, sending back those that were not recognised as refugees and relocating according to a very reasonable system through Europe, those recognised from refugees, this was not really implemented seriously or was implemented in a very, very limited way.”

“The results we know; five countries essentially affected Italy and Greece, as frontline countries and three main countries of destination, Germany, Austria and Sweden and we know all the political consequences,” he added.

Grandi went on to say that the current migration crisis affecting many European countries should be considered not just as a European problem but a "global crisis".

The Mediterranean Dialogues international conference in Rome, running from December 1 to December 3, focuses on four main topics related to the Mediterranean area: Shared prosperity, shared security, migration, as well as civil society and culture. Speakers will include Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, among others.

Italy: Death toll in Med. may rise to 5,000 by end of year - UN refugee commissioner02:37
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The number of deaths in the Mediterranean Sea resulting from the refugee crisis could come to 5,000 by the end of 2016, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stated in Rome, Friday.

Speaking during a session at the Mediterranean Dialogues forum dedicated to migration, Grandi stated that that despite strong measures being laid down to counter the strain of the refugee crisis on Europe in the summer of 2015, the decisions were never properly implemented.

“Good decisions were made in the summer of last year, at the peak of the crisis in terms of monitoring borders, screening people at borders, sending back those that were not recognised as refugees and relocating according to a very reasonable system through Europe, those recognised from refugees, this was not really implemented seriously or was implemented in a very, very limited way.”

“The results we know; five countries essentially affected Italy and Greece, as frontline countries and three main countries of destination, Germany, Austria and Sweden and we know all the political consequences,” he added.

Grandi went on to say that the current migration crisis affecting many European countries should be considered not just as a European problem but a "global crisis".

The Mediterranean Dialogues international conference in Rome, running from December 1 to December 3, focuses on four main topics related to the Mediterranean area: Shared prosperity, shared security, migration, as well as civil society and culture. Speakers will include Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, among others.

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