4 June 2014

North Africa: UN Plans to Open Camps in North Africa for the Immigrants Trying to Go to Europe

Photo: J.Björgvinsson/UNHCR
Des survivants exténués par la traversée du golfe d’Aden attendent des secours sur une plage au Yémen

UN plans this at a time when the immigrants who are trying to go to Europe via North Africa are on the increase. The UN wants to open those camps in Northern Africa so that immigrants can stay there during the time their cases are being processed.

According to IOM, at least 700 immigrants died in the sea last year while trying to reach Europe. IOM's Flavio De Giacomo says the immigrants who travel in boats are on the increase and the increase started in January whereas most of the immigrants are from Somalia, Eritrea and Syria. These immigrants are in search of better life and asylum in Europe.

Greece supported the plan to open those camps. However, Gerry Simpson who works for Human Rights Watch says the idea will not work. He added that the immigrants from Somalis, Syria and Eritrea need asylum and support.

Last year, in the waters off the shores of Lampedusa, 300 immigrants died when the boat they were traveling in had sunk.

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