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Angelina Jolie warns of Mediterranean migrant crisis

Jolie visited a rescue headquarters in Valletta, Malta.

By Ed Adamczyk
Angelina Jolie warns of Mediterranean migrant crisis
U.N. Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, center, and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, right, in Malta (UNHCR/ P. Muller)

VALETTA, Malta, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Actress and United Nations Special Envoy Angelina Jolie urged European countries to take action to help migrants in the Mediterranean Sea passage.

"There is a direct link between the conflicts in Syria and elsewhere and the rise in deaths at sea in the Mediterranean. We have to understand what drives people to take the fearful step of risking their children's lives on crowded, unsafe vessels; it is the overwhelming desire to find refuge," she said while visiting the naval rescue headquarters in Malta Monday.

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Over 2,500 people are missing or presumed drowned this year as they attempted to seek asylum in Europe, typically traveling from the Middle East or North Africa to escape war, poverty or persecution. About 130,000 arrived in Europe by sea thus far in 2014, the U.N. press center said.

Jolie, a U.N. refugee agency special envoy, and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres spoke with several survivors of the journey while in Malta. Guterres urged a collective effort by European nations to protect migrants, saying, "We don't have many chances to get this right. If it fails, many more lives will be lost at Europe's doorstep."

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