"People fleeing turmoil in their home countries continue to die in horrific circumstances in the Mediterranean," said FRA interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos. "The EU has proposed a way forward for all parties to collectively find ways to address the challenges that the EU and refugees are currently facing. Member States for their part must work together to ensure refugees are not exploited and receive the help they need."

Throughout the EU, the issue of migration and how to tackle the large numbers of people fleeing persecution or upheaval in their home countries continues to be a challenge. Meanwhile, many refugees are dying– so far almost 1900 people this year. They are often victims of smugglers that are financially exploiting the desperate situation of people who need protection.