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October 22, 2023

Europe Fears New Wave of Migration as Number of Displaced

The latest figures provided by the United Nations have revealed that around 260,000 people have evacuated their homes in Gaza, with the majority seeking shelter in UN schools. While, around 3,000 people have been displaced due to the ongoing crisis.

The continued escalation of the conflict between Hamas and Israel is likely to worsen the flow of migrants to Europe, with expectations for a significant increase, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Among the nations that express concern about this recent increase is Greece. In this regard, the Greek Minister of Migration, Dimitris Keridis, has underlined the country’s ongoing struggle with a significant increase in unauthorised arrivals of immigrants even before the current tension escalated.

At the same time, several airlines operating to and from Tel Aviv, Israel, have taken precautionary measures by either cancelling or reducing their flights.

The worst attack in Israel’s 75-year history has resulted in the tragic loss of over 1,000 lives, while in Gaza, officials have reported around 900 victims since the airstrikes began. The relentless bombing campaign has also left over 1,000 housing units in ruins, with another 560 structures so severely damaged that they are no longer fit for habitation.

In addition, nearly 175,500 individuals have sought shelter in 88 schools operated by the UN agency dedicated to assisting Palestinian refugees.

Another 14,500 people have taken shelter in 12 government schools, while nearly 74,000 are believed to be staying with relatives and neighbours or seeking shelter in churches and various other facilities.

In Israel, the death toll resulting from Saturday’s surprise cross-border attack by Hamas has reached 1,200, marking the deadliest attack in the country’s 75-year history. On the other hand, Gaza officials have reported that over 900 individuals have lost their lives as a result of Israel’s continuous airstrikes in the territory.

Amid this conflict, Hamas declared the loss of two of its top officials, while the Israeli army said that around 1,500 bodies of Hamas infiltrators have been discovered.

Moreover, many countries have launched operations to repatriate their citizens due to the ongoing violence, which has claimed thousands of lives on both sides. In contrast, others plan to do so shortly. For example, Argentina, the Latin American nation with the largest Jewish population, has begun evacuating over 1,200 of its citizens from Israel.

To facilitate this evacuation, three Air Force flights a day will transport the 1,246 Argentinians who have requested to be evacuated to the Italian capital, Rome.

Similarly, the Brazilian government has planned to deploy at least six planes to ease the rapid repatriation of any of its citizens who wish to leave Israel and the Palestinian territories. Nigeria has also taken the initiative to transport more than 300 of its citizens home after they sought refuge in Jordan.