The latest published data shows that in April, the number of applications for asylum in European countries dropped to the lowest level in more than a decade due to the impact of the measures. close the border to prevent COVID-19 acute respiratory infection.
Specifically, statistics from the European Office of Asylum Support show that the number of asylum applications fell to 8,730 in April 2020, down 86% from 61,421 in February.
The EU closed its outer borders in March and many EU countries have also postponed reception Asylum application in time blockade because of disease.
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These who migrated to Europe During an epidemic that cannot be applied for asylum, it is considered to be more at risk when it is inaccessible to access medical care and regarded as illegal intrusion. peeling labor.
Asking for asylum in Europe has become increasingly difficult in recent years. Member countries have blocked all ground migration and assisted Libya and Turkey to prevent illegal cross-border crossing to the EU.
In a related incident, on June 9, the Tunisian Coast Guard said that the bodies of about 20 migrants from the southern Sahara countries were found dead on their voyage to Europe. .
The bodies of the victims were discovered by fishermen off Tunisia’s coast and reported to officials. The search for dozens of others is said to be in the same boat as these victims. The boat carrying the aforementioned migrants departs from the night of 4/6 with 53 passengers heading to Italy.
According to the United Nations, illegal cross-border activity from Tunisia to Europe in the first four months of this year has increased by 150% compared to the same period last year.
One of the most catastrophic boat caps in the waters off Tunisia’s coast in 2019 caused 86 African migrants to drown while traveling across the sea from Libya to Europe./.