Media Reaction

Brussels – 2 February 2018

Tragedies such as the latest shipwreck off the Libyan coast will not cease until safe and legal routes for refugees and migrants to Europe are opened, child rights organisation Terre des Hommes has warned.

Delphine Moralis, Secretary General of Terre des Hommes International Federation, said:

“These senseless and preventable tragedies in the Mediterranean cannot be allowed to repeat again and again. By welcoming some of the world’s most vulnerable people to Europe through safe and legal means, the EU can put an end to the recurring inhumanity on its borders.”

“Providing safe and legal routes would stop migrants turning to people traffickers for safety. It would stop those making the journey – many of whom are children – from being washed up on Mediterranean beaches. And it would give them the respect and dignity they deserve.”

For more information contact:

Paul Creeney, Communications Officer, +32 (0) 465 946 509,

Notes to Editors

• This press release is in response to reports of up to 90 migrants and refugees being killed in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast on Friday 2 February 2018.
Terre des Hommes is an international organisation which works to protect and uphold children’s rights. Our projects help almost 8 million people in 67 countries.

Picture: Life jackets used by migrants and refugees traveling by sea to Europe. ©Tdh/Karl Mancini