Monday, December 26, 2016
2016 is ending with a very sad milestone: a record number of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 5000 migrants lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea this year, equating to an average of 14 deaths each day. This is the highest death toll ever recorded in the Mediterranean. And, of course, this number does not include all the refugees streaming out of Syria and other hot spots around the world.
Thus far, the world has failed to find an adequate solution for the growing number of refugees. Earlier this month, the UNHCR called for far-reaching reforms to the European asylum system. But Europe cannot resolve this crisis alone. The United States and other countries with refugee resettlement capacities must step up and honor their commitments to the humanitarian ideals embodied by the Refugee Convention.
The world can only hope that 2017 proves less deadly.