A letter from the migrants


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The push and pull factors, such as poverty, conflict, natural disasters, and the desire for better opportunities, have driven people to move from their home countries in search of a better life.

For many of these migrants, their journey towards a better future is filled with dangers and hardships, and all too often, ends in tragedy. One of the most heartbreaking examples of this is the regular occurrence of migrants drowning in the sea while attempting to reach Western Europe. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the deadliest routes for migrants, with thousands losing their lives each year. In 2020, over 800 people died trying to cross the Mediterranean, and many more went missing. The dangers faced by these migrants are numerous, including poor weather conditions, inadequate or overcrowded vessels, and a lack of knowledge about safe sea-crossing practices. The journeys taken by these migrants are often long and arduous, with many leaving their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

They are forced to rely on smugglers and traffickers to help them reach their destinations, and are often subjected to exploitation, abuse, and inhumane treatment. The vessels used for these journeys are often unsafe and overcrowded, with little or no life jackets or other safety equipment. The lack of proper equipment and preparation, combined with unpredictable weather conditions, makes the journey across the sea extremely dangerous.

The impact of these drownings is felt not only by the families of those who have lost their lives, but also by the communities and countries that receive the migrants. The arrival of large numbers of migrants can put a strain on resources, and can lead to social and political tensions. In addition, the dangerous journeys and the loss of life in the sea can also result in trauma and mental health issues for those who survive. Despite these challenges, many migrants remain determined to reach Europe, driven by a desire for a better life and greater opportunities.

It is essential that the international community comes together to find a solution to this ongoing issue. This could include increased support for countries of origin, to help address the root causes of migration, as well as increased support for countries of transit and destination to help manage the flow of migrants and provide them with the necessary assistance and protection. One solution could be to establish more regular and safe pathways for migration, such as resettlement programs, family reunification, and humanitarian visas.

This would help to reduce the need for migrants to take dangerous journeys and would also provide them with a safer and more dignified way to reach their destination. In addition, increased support and resources for search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean could help to save the lives of those who do attempt the journey. Another solution could be to increase cooperation between countries to address the issue of migrant smuggling and trafficking. This could include enhanced border controls, improved information sharing, and increased law enforcement cooperation. By working together, countries can disrupt the networks of smugglers and traffickers, and reduce the exploitation and abuse suffered by migrants.

The issue of migration continues to be a challenging and complex problem, affecting many countries around the world. In Hungary in 2023, over 20 migrants are arrested so far for their involvement in criminal activities, highlighting the need for better solutions to manage migration and address the underlying issues that drive people to leave their homes. In Serbia, the situation is also challenging, with smuggling and trafficking accidents involving migrants being an almost daily occurrence. The dangerous journeys taken by these migrants put their lives at risk, and the lack of proper protection and support exacerbates the difficulties they face. The Mediterranean Sea continues to be one of the deadliest routes for migrants, with over 90 people losing their lives in 2022 alone. The dangers faced by these migrants are numerous, and the impact of their deaths is felt not only by their families but also by the communities and countries that receive them.

Written by: Nenad Stekić

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