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PERSPECTIVE

'Boat by boat' approach to migrant crisis is not enough, UN says

In today's Perspective interview we speak to Paolo Artini, a representative from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, about the grim reality for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Last month his agency published a report that said more migrants were dying at sea, even though the numbers trying to make the crossing had decreased. Currently, for every 18 people attempting the treacherous crossing, one person drowns.

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This grim warning came even before the humanitarian ship Aquarius, which has rescued 30,000 migrants in the Mediterranean over the past two years, was blocked from returning to action after its registration was revoked.

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