Sunday 11 December 2016

This is a humanitarian catastrophe - solving it is the moral challenge of our time

Dominic MacSorley

Published 07/08/2015 | 02:30

Surviving migrants are seen aboard a life-rafts in the area where their wooden boat capsized and sank off the coast of Libya
Surviving migrants are seen aboard a life-rafts in the area where their wooden boat capsized and sank off the coast of Libya
Dominic MacSorley
LE Niamh

Today's humanitarian emergencies are beyond anything we have experienced in living history. Conflict and global terrorism have propelled the number of refugees and displaced people in the world to almost 60 million. These numbers are staggering.

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Yet, the world has changed since the 1950s, when current refugee laws emerged to deal with the massive population movements across Europe as a result of World War II.

If we needed any more evidence of how we have collectively failed to implement sufficient legal protection for those fleeing conflict and destitution, then the recent tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea provide exactly that.

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