Shipowners, Unions Urge EU Address Migrant Crisis

EU urged to take action.

Shipowners, Unions Urge EU Address Migrant Crisis

European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions in a letter urging EU Member States to take immediate collective action in addressing the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea.

Since 2014, thousands of people have been attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe from Africa and the Middle East in overcrowded boats not fit for purpose. Over 3,500 people having already lost their lives, and many others are at the mercy of people smugglers.

In a joint letter to leaders of all 28 EU Members States dated March 31, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have warned that the crisis is spiralling out of control. They warn there is a serious risk of further catastrophic loss of life unless EU Member States respond with greater urgency.

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