UN / MEDITERRANEAN REFUGEES

29-Apr-2022 00:01:47
The UN Refugee Agency said that more than 3,000 people died or went missing while attempting to cross the Central and Western Mediterranean and Atlantic last year to Europe. UNIFEED / FILE
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STORY: UN / MEDITERRANEAN REFUGEES
TRT: 1:47
SOURCE: UNIFEED / FILE
RESTRICTIONS: CREDIT UNHCR FOOTAGE ON SCREEN
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 29 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

29 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN Refugee Agency today said that more than 3,000 people died or went missing while attempting to cross the Central and Western Mediterranean and Atlantic last year to Europe. UNHCR called for urgent support to prevent deaths and protect refugees and asylum seekers who are embarking on dangerous journeys by land and sea. According to UNHCR, of the 2021 total, 1,924 people were reported dead or missing on the Central and Western Mediterranean routes. An additional 1,153 people perished or went missing on the Northwest African maritime route to the Canary Islands. The UN Refugee Agency noted that most of the sea crossings took place in packed, unseaworthy, inflatable boats – many of which capsized or were deflated leading to the loss of life. UNHCR added that land routes also continue to be highly dangerous, where even greater numbers may have died on journeys through the Sahara Desert and remote border areas, in detention centres, or while in the captivity of smugglers or traffickers. “

FILE – UNHCR 22 AUGUST 2017, MEDITERRANEAN SEA, SOUTH OF ITALY

3. Various shots, refugees on board of Italian Coast Guard ship sailing back to Sicily
4. Wide shot, sea and Italian coast
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The UN Refugee Agency today (29 Apr) said that more than 3,000 people died or went missing while attempting to cross the Central and Western Mediterranean and Atlantic last year to Europe.

UNHCR called for urgent support to prevent deaths and protect refugees and asylum seekers who are embarking on dangerous journeys by land and sea, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.

According to UNHCR, of the 2021 total, 1,924 people were reported dead or missing on the Central and Western Mediterranean routes. An additional 1,153 people perished or went missing on the Northwest African maritime route to the Canary Islands.

The UN Refugee Agency noted that most of the sea crossings took place in packed, unseaworthy, inflatable boats – many of which capsized or were deflated leading to the loss of life.

UNHCR added that land routes also continue to be highly dangerous, where even greater numbers may have died on journeys through the Sahara Desert and remote border areas, in detention centres, or while in the captivity of smugglers or traffickers.
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