On a daily basis, the Mediterranean shores of Greece witness the struggles immigrants go through to reach land safely. This imagery repeated for years, though it became weaker as of recently. Despite this slower pace for the migrant crisis, Italy is starting to feel overwhelmed. As a consequence, the European Union urged countries to help Greece and Italy cope with this critical situation.
Migrant Crisis Intensified This Year
There are around 85,000 people who risked their lives in their goal to reach the Mediterranean shores this year only. Poverty and war represented powerful enough incentives for large groups of people to leave their homes behind and seek a better future in foreign lands. However, 2,150 immigrants lost their lives in their attempt to survive their country’s hardships. On top of that, the wave of refugees surged 20% in comparison to the waves of migrants in recent years.
This aggravated migrant crisis sparked new debates among the members of the European Union. Most of them tackled the methods they employed so far in helping migrants and refugees from the Middle East, Africa, and other parts of the world.
Italian Officials Debated the Closure of Their Ports
The issue intensified as last week Italian officials discussed the idea of closing their ports. They intended to put humanitarian efforts on hold by rescuing the ships of activists who try to save immigrants. Officials claimed that they would reconsider this plan only if they receive aid from any European country.
In response, Austrian defense officials stated on Tuesday that they could send armies to hinder migrants from crossing their Italian border. However, U.N. authorities didn’t view this proposal as a solution. For the moment, Italy and Greece are the only parties that are active on this matter and provide asylum to those in need. However, the countries can’t resist this pressure for long. Thus, solidarity is a crucial matter in this situation.
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