IOM Sounds Alarm as Severe Weather Conditions Grip Europe, Eastern Mediterranean

New York, The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has expressed its concern for thousands of migrants, asylum seekers and others enduring freezing winter conditions across Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. The region has been hit by some of the heaviest snowfall and the most severe icy temperatures in years.
With temperatures hovering below zero (centigrade) across the Continent, the United Nations Migration Agency has learned of dozens of deaths due to exposure including those of migrants recently arrived in cities like Rome and of others in transit across the Balkans.
IOM also reports over 7,500 people are currently stranded in Serbia, living in accommodation without adequate winter protection.
European migration flows are continuing and those most impacted by the weather are the migrants – especially vulnerable families with children.
“After 2016, a year in which more than 5,000 migrants died trying to reach safety in Europe, it is imperative that the world respond to the dangers exposed by these extreme weather conditions with food aid, shelter and other resources in the short term and long term,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

Source: Qatar News Agency