Hundreds feared drowned as lack of safe and legal routes continue to drive people to desperate measures

Last updated August 5, 2015Press release

In response to reports that hundreds of people are feared drowned amid another boat capsizing off the Libyan coast, Stephen Hale, Refugee Action Chief Executive commented:

“Over 2,000 people had already died in the Mediterranean this year even before this news. This latest tragedy is a wakeup call. No-one should be forced to risk their lives in this way. Search and rescue must be strengthened, but the long-term solution is safe and legal routes for people fleeing war and persecution.”

Stephen Hale added:

“This news along with the scenes in Calais is a stark reminder that we are in the midst of a global refugee crisis. The UK response must match the scale of human need. It is a litmus test of our compassion.”

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