In a tragic incident off the Greek coast, an overcrowded fishing vessel carrying around 750 migrants overturned on June 14. This accident claimed the lives of over 80 people.
These desperate migrants had opted for the dangerous sea route via Greece because of its standing as a major gateway to the European Union. Unfortunately, the number of people exceeded the capacity of the boat, and it overturned. Following the disaster, Greek authorities initiated a thorough inquiry amid accusations of negligence. Claims that the ill-fated boat overturned because of poorly executed towing attempts by the Greek coastguard were hotly contested. Officials insisted any line thrown to the boat was merely to assess the boat’s situation, not to tow.
The boat was transporting a diverse group of migrants, individuals who had left their home countries for Europe in hopes of improved living conditions or employment. Given the economic turmoil and political instability in Pakistan, where around half of the migrants on the boat came from, a significant proportion of those involved in the incident could be classified as refugees. These were people compelled to abandon their homelands not by choice, but by adverse conditions threatening their survival. Accompanying them were people who had resolved to make Europe their permanent home for whatever reason. In fact, waves of immigrants have created heightened tension in Europe since the 2010s, prompting increasingly rigorous border controls that only address the symptoms without addressing the root causes of mass migration.
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This distressing incident highlights the grim realities of the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, which is putting the lives of countless families in peril. Their desperate voyages not only challenge Europe’s border regulations but also reveal the deeper, unresolved crisis of the global inequality that forces migrants to seek better lives.
overturn v. (使)翻覆
standing n. 地位
initiate vt. 啟動；開始
negligence n. 過失；疏忽
contest vt. 質疑；反駁
adverse adj. 不利的；負面的
heighten vt. 加劇；增強
rigorous adj. 嚴格的；嚴厲的
distressing adj. 令人痛心的
the Mediterranean 地中海
1. migrant n. 移民；遷徙者
The migrant workers travel from place to place in search of employment.
2. inquiry n. 調查；打聽
The committee conducted an inquiry to uncover the truth behind the financial scandal.
3. amid prep. 在……當中
Jay couldn’t find his homework amid the piles of clothes and books that covered his bedroom.
4. accusation n. 指控；譴責
Jason made an accusation that Daniel was the one responsible for murdering the cook.
5. execute vt. 執行；完成
The robbers waited until night to execute their plan to break into the bank.
6. turmoil n. 動盪；混亂
The huge earthquake caused turmoil in the city; people were left homeless and had to steal food.
7. compel vt. 迫使；激起
The raging storm compelled the captain to make quick decisions to ensure everyone’s safety.
8. grim adj. 嚴峻的；令人沮喪的
Although the situation was grim, the soldiers vowed to keep fighting.
9. peril n. 危險；險境
Firefighters rushed to save residents in peril from the blazing building.
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