TWO NEW TRAGEDIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WITH IMMIGRANTS – They attempted to reach Italy

New tragedy occurred in the Mediterranean where 245 immigrants lost their lives in the sea, trying to reach the Italian coast.

The news confirmed the fears expressed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) a few days earlier.

A ship carrying 132 people was sunk and only 50 people managed to survive and reach Sicily. At least 82 people were lost. In the second wreck, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued seven immigrants. Survivors said more than 170 people were on board.

Since January 2017, more than 1300 people have drowned in their attempt to reach the Italian coast.

In the first months of 2017, arrivals of immigrants to Italy increased by about 30% compared to the first months of 2016. According to the Italian authorities, over 180,000 people were rescued.

IOM: 49.310 migrants and refugees have entered Europe in 2017

As announced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), from the beginning of 2017 up to today about 49.310 immigrants and refugees have crossed across Europe through the Mediterranean.

According to the latest IOM data, 41.196 people arrived in Italy, while the rest came to Greece (5.555), Spain (2.426) and Cyprus (133).

Although immigrants arriving in Europe this year by sea are much less than in the same period last year (nearly 190.000 arrivals), the “blood tax” remains high.

A total of 1.309 men, women and children have so far lost their lives this year, mainly on the crossing of the Central Mediterranean linking North Africa to Italy, where 1.222 people drowned since January.

Other 87 deaths were recorded in the eastern and western Mediterranean passages. The number of victims is slightly lower than the 1.380 deaths recorded in the same period last year.

EU FINANCIAL AID TO GREECE FOR REFUGEES – Improving the living conditions of refugees

EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianidis has announced that the EU will provide financial assistance to Greece. Mr. Stylianidis said that the EU will give 250 million euros for aid to Greece in order to help the country to cope with the increased needs of the refugee flows.

Speaking at the World Progressive Forum held in Thessaloniki on refugee issues, the European Commissioner said the goal is to transfer refugees from apartment accommodation structures.

Commenting on the slow pace of refugee relocation, he stressed that “there is no right to abstain from the notion of European solidarity.” At the same time, he clarified that “we must all be strict in complying with the terms of European politics and accepting the obligations.”

At the same time, the Greek Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas said that “there is no point in bombing Syria and Afghanistan – and we as Europe have a small contribution to it – and then building houses for refugees”, stressing the importance to fight against smugglers.

 

UK BLOCK ON MIGRATION – Theresa May pledged to reduce immigrants

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that her party will keep its pledge to reduce immigration to Britain “up to a few tens of thousands” a year if it wins the parliamentary elections in June.

As she said, “we will continue to say that we want to reduce migration to sustainable levels. We believe that this number is a few tens of thousands “.

“Of course, once we leave the European Union, we will have the opportunity to ensure that we have the control of our borders because we will be able to set our own rules for people coming to the United Kingdom from the EU,” she noted.

Although the reduction of immigration is a commitment of the Conservative party since 2010, this target has so far not been achieved.

According to official statistics, 273,000 people came to Britain from September 2015 to September 2016, which is a decreased amount of 49,000 compared to the previous year and the lowest rate recorded since the year ending at the end of June 2014.

MACRON’S VICTORY BRINGS HOPE TO FRANCE – The agenda for migration of the new French president

Emmanuel Macron won his extreme-right opponent Marin Lepen in the second round of presidential elections in France, accumulating 65.9% of the vote against 34.1% for the leader of the National Front.

Macron’s dominance was the second “crash test” for the European Union, after Mark Rude’s dominance at the last Dutch elections. In both elections, the majority of citizens voted for democracy and Europe, rejecting the uprising nationalism.

The victory of Macron is also important with regards to the migration agenda, which played a key role in this electoral campaign. Macron and Lepen expressed had different pre-election approaches to that issue.

Marie Lepen suggested the following measures: taxation on the recruitment of a foreign worker the abolition of the right to nationality due to habitation and the abolition of social benefits for immigrants and foreigners. For Lepen, immigrants are a threat to France. She also proposed to reduce the number of people entering France by 10 000 per year, aiming to “restore the French identity”, which was “destroyed by immigrants”.

On the other hand, Emmanuel Macron, who eventually elected, spoke for a France that is “open” and “faithful to its values”. He believes that France “must take over its responsibilities” in the reception of migrants and strengthen cooperation with Europe on this issue. He believes immigration, especially the reception of foreign students, is “an opportunity and a pride”.

ITALY: 3000 REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS RESCUED – Coordinated operations saved their lives

More than 3,000 refugees and immigrants, in twenty coordinated operations, rescued Saturday off Sicily, averting a new tragedy in the Mediterranean.

Refugees and immigrants attempted to cross the Mediterranean with boats, having Italy as their final destination.

In total, 20 rescuing operations were carried out under the coordination of the Italian coastguard. These operations included units of the Italian Coastguard, the Italian Navy, Frontex, non-governmental organizations and merchant ships.

The survivors, reaching 3,150 in total, landed in ports of Sicily and Calabria.

In recent weeks, migratory flows have increased in the region, but coordinated rescue operations carried out by rescue teams have helped to prevent new wrecks.

THIS IS THE BABY JUSTIN TRUDEAU! He is a Syrian Refugee only a few days old

Syrian refugees in Canada named their newborn baby Justin Trudeau to thank the Canadian Prime Minister who accepted them in the country.

When Mohammed and Afraha Bilan arrived in Canada in February 2016, a new life began in an unknown country. They originated from Damascus arriving in Montreal along with their daughter Nayia and their son Nael in the middle of the winter.

Trudeau was not at the airport to welcome them, as he did with other Syrian refugees, but they felt the need to thank him in some way, so they gave their newborn son their name.

Justin Trudeau Adam Biann was born on Thursday in Calgary, where the family now lives.