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SOS Mediterranee: 114 people saved in the Mediterranean

Status: 16.12.2021 4:56 p.m.

The rescue ship “Ocean Viking” of the aid organization SOS Mediterranee took 114 people on board. They were in distress in the central Mediterranean. Among them was an eleven-day-old baby.

According to its own information, the aid organization SOS Mediterranee rescued 114 people from distress in the central Mediterranean. Among them was an eleven-day-old baby, wrote the private sea rescuers on Twitter. The crew of the “Ocean Viking” took the migrants on board in their rubber dinghy off Libya in international waters. During the night, the crew had searched for hours for the rubber dinghy in which the people stayed.

Three more rescue ships in use

From January 2022, SOS Mediterranee Deutschland will break away from the European network SOS Méditerranée International and bring its own rescue ship to the Mediterranean in mid-2022.

In addition to the “Ocean Viking”, the rescue ship “Geo Barents” from Doctors Without Borders is currently on the move. The “Sea-Eye 4” of the Regensburg organization Sea-Eye is currently on its way to its target area in the central Mediterranean, as is the ship “Rise Above” of the Dresden association Mission Lifeline.

Time and again people try to cross the Mediterranean from the coasts of North Africa to reach the European Union. For some, the crossing is fatal. It is one of the most dangerous escape routes in the world. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) so far this year at least 1,665 people have died or are missing during the crossing.

Frontex registered more border crossings

The EU border protection agency Frontex registered significantly more illegal entry attempts in the EU in the first eleven months of 2021 than in the same period of the previous year. A total of 184,180 cases were recorded on the main routes, as Frontex announced. This was 60 percent more than in the first eleven months of 2020, when a decline in migration movements was noted due to the Corona restrictions in place in many countries. But even compared to 2019 it is an increase of more than 45 percent.

As the Border Protection Agency points out, the number of attempted border crossings at the EU’s eastern external borders – mainly via Belarus – was almost 8,000 by the end of November 2021. That was thirteen times as many as in the same period of the previous year and twelve times as many as in the first eleven months 2019.

On the Western Balkans route, Frontex also registered a significant increase in unauthorized border crossings. Around 55,310 such cases were registered here by November – an increase of 138 percent compared to the same period in the previous year. There was also an increase in the route over the central Mediterranean – that is, over Sicily and Malta. Here, Frontex recorded 64,000 attempts to illegally cross the border in the first eleven months – 89 percent more than in the same period in 2020.

Reference-www.tagesschau.de

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