UN refugee chief says Italy needs support helping migrants — “Italy is an unfolding tragedy” — An estimated 2,030 people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean this year

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File | Around 83,650 migrants have landed on Italian coasts since the beginning of this year, according to the UN

GENEVA (AFP) – Italy needs more international support to cope with a wave of migrants that has flooded its shores since the start of the year, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Saturday.

“What is happening in front of our eyes in Italy is an unfolding tragedy,” Grandi said in a statement.

“In the course of last weekend, 12,600 migrants and refugees arrived on its shores, and an estimated 2,030 have lost their lives in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year.”

He added: “Italy is playing its part in receiving those rescued and providing asylum to those in need of protection. These efforts must be continued and strengthened. But this cannot be an Italian problem alone.”

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