"Fortress Europe" : 14,921 people have died since 1988 along the european frontiers

Published on : 31/03/2010
Source : fortresseurope.blogspot.com

According to the following press review at least 14,921 people have died since 1988 along the european frontiers. Among them 6,469 were missing in the sea. In the Mediterranean sea, and through the Atlantic Ocean towards Spain, 10,925 migrants died. In the Sicily channel 4,183 people died along the routes from Libya, Egypt and Tunisia to Malta and Italy, including 3,059 missing; 138 other people drowned sailing from Algeria to Sardinia. Along the routes from Mauritania, Morocco and Algeria towards Spain, through the Gibraltar strait or off Canary islands, at least 4,507 people died, including 2,302 who were missing. Then 1.355 people died in the Egean sea, between Turkey and Greece - but also between Egypt and Greece - including 824 missing, and 603 people died in the Adriatic sea, between Albania, Montenegro and Italy, including 220 missing. And at least 624 people were drowned trying to reach Frenc island of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. But the sea is not only crossed aboard makeshift boats. Sailing hidden inside registered ferries and cargo vessels 153 men died asphyxiated or drowned.

Sahara is a dangerous obliged passage in order to arrive to the sea. People crosse it on trucks as on off-road vehicle along the tracks between Sudan, Chad, Niger and Mali from one side and Libya and Algeria on the other one. Here at least 1,691 people have died since 1996. But according to the survivors, nearly every travel counts its victims. So the number of the victims could be higher and higher. The data includes also the victims of the collective deportations practiced by Tripoli, Algeri and Rabat Governments, accustomed to abandon groups of hundreds migrants in open desert border areas.

In Libya serious migrants abuses are also recorded. There is not any official data, but in 2006 Human rights watch and Afvic accused Tripoli of arbitrary arrests, beatings and tortures in the migrants detention centers, three of which are financed by Italy. In september 2000 in Zawiyah, in the north-west of the Country, at least 560 foreigners were killed during racist attacks.

Travelling stowaways in the trucks 359 people were found dead. And 208 migrants drowned crossing border rivers, the majority in the Oder-Neisse, between Poland and Germany; in the Evros, between Turkey and Greece; the Sava, between Hroatia and Bosnia; and the Morava between Slovakia and Czech Republic. Then 112 other people froze to death in their tracks through the icy mountains frontiers, especially in Turkey and Greece. In the Greek border with Turkey there are still mine-fields along Evros river. Here at least 92 people died over the mines trying to enter Grece.

235 migrants were shot dead by border police: 37 of them were killed in Ceuta and Melilla Spanish enclaves in Morocco, 50 ones in The Gambia, 75 in Egypt and 32 in the eastern Turkey, along the Iranian and the Iraqi borders. But few people were also killed by French, German, Spanish and Swiss policemen. And others died in Morocco and Libya. Then 41 men were found dead hidden in the undercarriage of the planes, and 31 people died in Calais, or under the trains in The Channel tunnel trying to reach England, while other 12 people died under other trains in different borders and 2 drowned crossing the Channel


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