Doctors Without Borders Release Report on Migrant Humanitarian Crises

You can read the whole report here. Below is an excerpt:

The world currently faces its largest global displacement crisis since World War II, with approximately 60 million people currently displaced due to conflict, persecution, and untenable conditions in their home countries. While foreseeable, Europe is still reeling in shock from the sheer numbers of refugees and migrants—approximately one million—who crossed its borders in 2015.

It will be remembered as the year in which Europe catastrophically failed in its responsibility to respond to the urgent needs of assistance and protection of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people. Not only did the European Union (EU) and its member states collectively fail to address the urgent humanitarian and medical needs of refugees and migrants arriving at external or internal EU borders, but the EU’s deterrence and anti-immigration policies—developed over the last 15 years and further strengthened in 2015—have increased the demand for migrant-smuggling networks and pushed people towards ever-more dangerous routes which jeopardize their health and lives. These policies have largely contributed to the patterns of the reception crisis we are witnessing today: with those desperate to come to Europe forced to cross the sea and southern EU countries failing to respond to their needs…

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