In the Mediterranean sea during the Easter weekend saved about 8.3 thousand workers. This was reported by The Associated Press with reference to the press-Secretary of the UN Agency for refugees, Carlotta.
She said that during the rescue operation failed to save the lives of eight migrants, including a pregnant woman.
The Agency notes that the smugglers took advantage of calm waters to water a large number of boats.
The rescued migrants were taken to Italy. Most of them hope to obtain asylum, but those who come to Europe solely for economic reasons, not likely to get it, the Agency said.
In the rescue operation involved the border Agency Frontex, private humanitarian organizations, and the Italian coast guard coordinated.
April 16, 2017, it was reported that at least 20 refugees on their way to Europe by sea, drowned off the coast of Libya.