Dangerous Routes - dead and missing migrants
“Migrating to Europe is easy, fast and safe.”
Illegal migration to Europe is dangerous and challenging. On your journey, you rely on ruthless criminals for protection and guidance. You are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation in various forms. Sadly, many people die during this journey. Also, the journey itself is long, with many periods of pointless waiting and not knowing where you are, what your next steps will be or if this is the end of your endeavour. Many cases are reported where people are kidnapped and smugglers blackmail their families. This will make your family poorer.
Illegal migration means you will risk your life and the life of your loved ones.
“I have paid a lot of money to book the safest trip. I will be fine.”
You might think that smugglers will get you to Europe successfully because they are experienced. But they do not tell you the truth. Smugglers are criminals. All that matters for them is your money. If you or your family cannot pay, you will be left behind or be exploited in various ways as a means of compensation. Every year thousands of people die trying to migrate illegally.
“Smugglers are offering a legitimate business, comparable to a travel agency.”
This is completely wrong. Even though smugglers like to call themselves business men, travel agents or their activities transport services, they are operating illegally and ruthlessly. They only care about their profits – this means they do not care about your wellbeing, health or to keep their false promises. They lie to you about the dangers of the journey, the true costs as well as the prospects and realities you will find in Europe.
Do not throw away your money, do not entrust them with your life!
“Only the journey across the sea is dangerous. Afterwards there are no dangers.”
Sadly, this is not true at all! While the journey across the sea exposes you to great risks, the trip afterwards can be just as dangerous: smugglers use unsafe and unscrupulous methods of transportation when trying to smuggle people across the border. People are often locked up in trucks or containers where they are in danger of suffocation, overheating or dehydration which can sadly lead to their death. Smugglers often use small transporters without proper ventilation, windows or enough space for the people inside and they drive for days without stopping for food or water.