Refugees perish at ‘alarming’ rate on dangerous crossing to Europe – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency reported today that new data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean in the third quarter of 2013 show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe.

UN refugee chief, special envoy Angelina Jolie, warn of mounting crisis in Mediterranean

Urging European countries to take action to alleviate the harsh and often deadly conditions migrants face on the high seas, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie today warned about the mounting crisis in the Mediterranean.