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Including this month’s shipwreck of the coast of Malta, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project announces today that the number of migrant fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2014 has reached a total of 3.072, this is more than 4 times the fatalities counted in 2013 (IOM). It is widely acknowledged that a lack of decent living and working conditions is one of the main push factors behind the decision by people from the developing world to leave their home countries. In fact, 90% of total international migrants, estimated by the International Labour Organisation at 214 million in 2010, are migrant workers and their families.
Empowerment through non-Formal and Informal Learning
Every day newspapers are reporting on the many number of migrants who have risked their lives to find refuge in the EU. Especially the southern EU-Member States have difficulty coping with the numerous amounts of people arriving at their ports. The European Commission has called upon solidarity among the entire EU to secure a more just and humane treatment of these migrants. Next week SOLIDAR will be present at the Sabir Festival in Lampedusa, where we will call for a solidarity-driven EU’s migration policy based on the indivisibility of human rights, promote a rights-based approach to economic and social development in the country of origins and guarantees that the Post 2015 development framework promotes human development and social justice. On top of that solidarity also means access to public and social services. For those arriving in Europe the EU Member States should stick to their engagements and offer humanitarian aid through access to health and care services, education and housing.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The week started on a positive note, with László Andor presenting the current state of play of the Youth Employment Initiative at the European Parliament in Strasburg. Behind the good news about the financial framework and the support of the Member States who will add to the 6.4 billion budget, is the message that investing in education and training is an investment which pays off and is more than just symbolic. (Read the roll-out here)
Gaza’s Reconstruction: step up efforts for social justice!
SOLIDAR and its members organized a webinar to discuss with PNGO-Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network, Amjad Shawa (PNGO director Gaza), the current living and working conditions in Gaza after the war. At the webinar Mr. Shawa underlined the need for urgent action by the European Union to support the Palestinian people – and in particular young people – and enable socio-economic development and social justice to those 60.000 people that are living precarious lives as a consequence of the war. In particular, he urged to setup a national commission for Gaza’s reconstruction.