After shipwreck in Senegal, UN insists on safe route for migrants
United Nations, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres insisted on the need for legal and safe routes for migrants and refugees, after the shipwreck off the coast of Senegal, which shocked the international community on Friday, was announced.
I am horrified to learn that at least 140 people died in that shipwreck, the UN chief posted on his official Twitter account.
'Every person searching for a better life deserves safety and dignity,' he wrote.
Five days after those migrants started their journey, at least 140 irregular migrants died on Thursday in the Atlantic waters off Senegal's coast. This is the greatest tragedy this year in the endless drama of the undocumented immigrants.
The precarious boat, run by human traffickers, caught fire shortly after setting sail to the Canary Islands, Spain, according to information released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an inter-governmental UN-related agency.
IOM estimates that some 11,000 people have arrived in the Canary Islands this year, compared to 2,557 recorded in the same period in 2019, but well below the 32,000 who arrived in 2006.
To date, some 414 people have lost their lives on this route this year.
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