Europe has been sending more rescue vessels to prevent migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean. Yet the number of people dying en route from Libya to Italy has hit a record high, as smugglers pack ever more people onto unseaworthy boats.
It’s a “sad paradox” and the trend is unlikely to change this year, the European border and coast guard agency Frontex said on Wednesday. In its report “Risk analysis for 2017,” the agency said smugglers have grown more bold and reckless.
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