Migrants: Dying for Refuge?
Those in peril on the sea
In April 2015 at least five boats carrying almost two thousand migrants to Europe sank in the Mediterranean Sea, with a combined death toll estimated at more than 1,200 people, although countless other smallcraft are believed to sink on a regular basis. The first major sinking took place on 13th April, with additional wrecks
occurring on the 16th, 19th and 20th. A recent rise in such incidents was precipitated by ongoing conflicts in several North African and Middle Eastern countries, increasing significantly following the events known as the “Arab Spring” and the rise of the so-called “Islamic State”.