EU members states have used illegal operations to pushback at least 40,000 asylum seekers from Europe’s borders during the pandemic. Some methods have been linked to the death of more than 2,000 people reported the Guardian.
European countries, supported by EU’S border agency Frontex, has systematically pushed back refugees and asylum seekers. This is inclusive of children fleeing from wars in their thousands, using illegal tactics that range from assault to brutality during detention or transportation.
Reports released by UN agencies, a database of incidents collected by non-governmental organisations, gave confounding evidence to the Guardian’s analysis.
Many charities attest that there has been a great growth in the number of refugees facing a pushback since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Germany, many refugees are battling integration barred by the pandemic that hinders full access to the system, we wrote about it <<HERE>>.
There has been a significant increase in the number of deaths of migrants attempting to reach Europe in search of a better life and opportunities despite an increase in collaborations between EU countries with non-EU countries such as Libya.
In this context, deaths at sea since the beginning of the pandemic are directly or indirectly linked to the EU approach aimed at closing all doors to Europe and the increasing externalisation of migration control to countries such as Libya.