Deadliest year for migrant’s crossing the Mediterranean leaves hundreds more killed in shipwreck.
It has been said that more than 200 refugees have been killed following two shipwrecks off the coast of Libya.
Spokeswoman Carlotta Sami, said: “Two survivors told the news about this tragedy as they were brought ashore on the Italian island of Lampedusa.”
These disasters have raised the number of migrants who have died attempting to reach Europe to over 4,000 and have made 2016 to be the deadliest year on record.
A commercial ship and the Siem Pilot ship, operated by EU boarder agency Frontex, were found and they rescued around 30 survivors, however, it has been said that 100 passengers have drowned.
During the search for bodies, another ship found two women, which were swimming in the sea, who said that they had been on another boat, which had capsized and killed 120 people.
Immigration has been targeted recently due to Brexit, with the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, which made it apparent that immigration was to be a priority when the UK negotiates to leave the EU.
However, the UN believes that smugglers are changing their tactics to get migrants across the Mediterranean by using risker routes.
Professor Heaven Crawley, an author from Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, said: “The problem is there’s a huge political agenda around migration, so more pragmatic or effective alternatives are being overridden by political aspirations of leaders across the EU.”
There have been 327,800 crossings to Europe this year, against more than one million in 2015, shown by UN numbers.
A joint report by British universities and specialists in Malta, Italy and Greece have found out that Europe’s response to these crises has been unsuccessful in tackling people smuggling and has possibly made the death count worse.
So far, no bodies have been recovered.