UNHCR chief calls on EU to put safety at heart of migration action

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UNHCR chief calls on EU to put safety at heart of migration action

UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony takes place in Geneva on October 10, 2022, and Filippo Grandi is a UN High Commissioner for Refugees. STEFAN WERMUTH POOL AFP GENEVA The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for the European Union to put safety and solidarity at the heart of its action in the Mediterranean Sea and along all other migratory routes.

Nearly 2,000 people have died or disappeared while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the UN refugee chief, on the eve of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, on the eve of a meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council.

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There are many lost lives as states point fingers and trade blame. He said that there needs to be more state-led and better-coordinated search and rescue efforts, predictable disembarkations in places of safety, and expedited access to screening and asylum procedures to identify those who may need international protection, return in safety and with dignity to those who do not, and return in safety and with dignity.

The UN Refugee AgencyUN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has always advocated for the vulnerability of all migrants and refugees who cross the Mediterranean Sea, including accompanied and unaccompanied children, victims of trafficking and survivors of torture, in order to activate national and international protection and reception mechanisms.

UNHCR said that a number of people arriving from conflict zones have suffered severe abuse and human rights violations.