Just yesterday we interviewed Brian Evans on the Finding Justice Podcast about the refugee migration dilemma facing Italy, and here’s further proof that this is a serious issue, not only facing Italy, but Europe as a whole.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), over 3,000 have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean.
“This year’s total is more than double the previous peak in 2011, and exceeds last year’s estimate over four times.
Since January, 4,077 migrant deaths have occurred worldwide with 75% of fatalities happening in Europe.”
It is believed that of the 40,000 migrants who have died since 2000, over half—22,000—died trying to reach Europe. Meanwhile, other organizations place the death toll up to three times higher than that of the International Organization for Migration.
There are several contributing factors to why people are fleeing their country:
And often times, one of these motivations is an issue of life or death.
The issue is very complex and includes many different facets. Unfortunately there isn’t a simple solution, but there are things that can be done as individuals. Those migrates that make their way to Europe could be accepted and cared for by European citizens, no matter the governmental policies.
The Western world cannot afford to turn its back on migrants.