The fatal policies of Fortress Europe: nearly 50,000 documented deaths since 1993


The anti-racist group UNITED has documented 48,647 refugee and migrants deaths since 1993, detailed in an updated version of its list of deaths that is being published to coincide with World Refugee Day, 20 June.

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The grim total is nearly 8,000 higher than the last time an update was released, on World Refugee Day in 2020, when the list recorded some 40,500 deaths.

The list includes information on where, when, and under which circumstances people have died.

UNITED places the blame for these deaths squarely on the policies and practices of the EU, its member states, and third country "partners" such as Morocco and Turkey, that push people towards taking perlious journeys to reach EU territory.

As the heading at the top of the list puts it: "Death by Policy - Time for Change!"

As in previous years, actions and protests will take place across Europe based on the list this weekend, such as reading in public spaces.

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