A hundred groups demand equal treatment for all refugees trying to reach Europe


All refugees are human beings and all human beings have the same rights. That is the idea that more than a hundred non-governmental organizations want to convey to Western governments. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, almost 5.5 million people have already had to flee the country to seek asylum in Europe, according to the daily count of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The countries that have received the largest volume of Ukrainian refugees so far have been Poland, with almost 3 million refugees, Romania with 810,000 and Russia with 656,000. This situation contrasts with the news of the death at sea of ​​27 people, including 6 babies and 13 women who were crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat, heading for the Canary Islands, on April 26 and the death of another 7 people the next day in identical circumstances.

The Coordinator of Aid to the People of Ukraine and Forgotten Peoples points out that only one body was found in the last shipwreck, so the count of those who died in these situations is not accurate if, in addition, one takes into account that the count is does according to the count of corpses. From the organization Caminando Fronteras they point out that 94.80% of the victims disappear at sea without the bodies appearing and more than 4,016 people have died on the Atlantic route in 2021, according to this same organization.

“The UN agency (IOM) admits that the figures it manages barely represent a part of the real number, and even so it points out that so far in 2022 around 170 deaths are estimated on this same route, adding that the figure The real figure would be close to the estimate multiplied by 6, which recalculates the compendium to 1,020 people who have lost their lives only on the Canarian route, ”adds the Coordinator.

The comparison between the situation of some refugees and others at a European level has prompted more than 100 associations, including Amnesty International, No Borders Refugees or Red SOS Refugiados Europa, to have decided to denounce that “non-Ukrainian refugees continue to dying at the gates of Europe.

safe roads

The Coordinator of Aid to the People of Ukraine and Forgotten Peoples, which has led this initiative, calls for the opening of safe routes for the transit of migrants and refugees: “Europe has shown with the precedent of welcoming Ukrainians the ability to establish corridors humanitarian measures that avoid unnecessary deaths for those who seek to flee from war, economic, ecological, institutional, sexual violence or any type of violence that endangers the well-being and even the life of those who suffer it.

Even so, they affect the obligation of States to provide the necessary assistance to all people who find themselves in such situations, regardless of their origin and in favor of respect for Human Rights. “We request the same administrative agility for the regularization of the legal situation of Ukrainian refugees for all refugees and migrants, as well as legal assistance upon arrival. Equal rights for all”, they add.


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