Fortress Europe Deathtoll: at least 1502 people died at the EU gates in 2008, many of them at the Aegean Sea
Posted by clandestina on 16 January 2009
- We copy below the intro of the www.fortresseurope.blogspot.com article on the EU borders deaths of migrants. The full article with the tragic account in detail can be retrieved here, at the English section of the fortress europe blog.
- A summary of it in Greek can be found at www.clandestina.org.
At least 1,502 migrants have died at the gates of EU in 2008. The figures decreased by 23% compared to 2007, but not in Sicily, where the number of the victims rose from 556 in 2007 to 642 in 2008, coherently with an increase of 80% of the arrivals in Lampedusa. Heading for Spain, 216 migrant found the deaths in the Strait of Gibraltar and 136 off the Canary Islands, while 181 people lost their life in the Aegean sea, sailing from Turkey to Greece. Apart from the 1,235 victims of the Mediterranean, other 267 people were found dead in the desert, hidden in the trucks or in the Greek ferries traveling toward Italy, as well as under the fire of border police.