Sociology and economics 

Cross the Mediterranean

Facts on the Refugee Crisis

Hans Rosling 

Since the year 2014 more than 14,000 refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as they tried to reach Europe in inflatable boats. Images of children’s bodies washed up on the shores of holiday destinations evoked horror and compassion. What a tragedy. In our comfortable lives in Europe and elsewhere, we started thinking: How could such a thing happen? Who was to blame?

We soon worked it out. The villains were the cruel and greedy smugglers who tricked desperate families into handing over 1,000 euros per person for their places in inflatable death traps. We comforted ourselves with images of European rescue boats saving people from the wild waters... 

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