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EU Warned of New Migration Waves Due to Food Crisis Around the Globe

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The European Member States have been warned over potentially new migration waves, as people across the globe are facing a deeper food crisis, even further impacted by the war in Ukraine.

According to Frontex executive director Aija Kalnaja, despite the arrival of millions of Ukrainians being well-managed by the EU Member States, the latter have to be prepared for more incoming refugees due to the global food insecurity issue, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

On top of that, the food crisis has been fueled by the fact that Ukraine, one of the largest grain exporters in the world, can no longer provide the source for different countries, especially African countries, which has also caused prices around the world to skyrocket, especially for the Middle East and African countries.

The Black Sea ports of Ukraine are currently barricaded by Russian forces and, therefore, unable to export some 20 million tons of grain. On the other hand, Moscow has stated that it would allow for the grain to be exported if Ukraine removed mines from the coastal regions. Kyiv has refused to do so, saying such an act would expose the country to Russian seaborne assaults.

This crisis of food and skyrocketing prices could lead to more people leaving their homes, the EU Home Affairs Commissioner, Ylva Johansson, pointed out last week.

“We should not wait until we have a crisis at our borders. We need to reach out earlier on,” Johansson told reporters regarding the potential migration crisis.

She also revealed that in the upcoming days, a new “operational anti-smuggling partnership” agreement with Hamadou Adamou Souley, the interior minister of Niger, will be signed. She explained that this is an alternative to supporting countries like Niger that are in difficult states in terms of stabilisation and security. This country has been one of the biggest transit points for migrants in recent years.

On the other hand, the number of Ukrainian nationals reaching Europe has been controlled for the time being, mainly due to the Temporary Protection Directive, which has been implemented for the better integration of Ukrainian refugees fleeing their country amid the war.

A total of 3.2 to 3.7 million Ukrainians is estimated to be in the EU Member States at present, out of a total of 6.7 million Ukrainian refugees being registered across the 27-nation-bloc since February. Roughly three million are estimated to have returned home.

Filippo Grandi, the head of UNHCR, issued a warning in June, which indicated that the number of displaced persons worldwide would likely increase unless the food crisis brought on by the Russian military invasion of Ukraine was resolved.

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