Deeply concerned about the recent tragedies of migrants and refugees dying in the Mediterranean, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) calls upon governments, in particular European Member States, to urgently adopt a comprehensive plan of action to save lives and develop adequate longer-term solutions.
Ezgi Tanriver is a caseworker at the ICMC Resettlement Support Center for Turkey and Middle East. Based in Istanbul, she interviews the refugees who have been referred to ICMC by UNHCR for resettlement to the United States. Her job consists in collecting biographical data and other relevant information about refugee cases which are then submitted to US officials for consideration.
Today, another 400 people are reported drowned or missing off the Libyan coast. The horror of these situations is no longer only related to the ever growing number of death and missing people but must be understood in the lack of a proactive attitude that marks international and especially EU politics.