The European migrant crisis, or less precisely European refugee crisis, began in 2015 when rising immigration numbers of illegal foreign migrants arrived in the European Union (EU), travelling across the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean is considered one of the world’s most dangerous migration routes. In 2014, more than 3200 people died in this region. And in 2015, the first four months saw the death of at least 1750 people. At least half of the people travelling on this route are from war-torn countries or those with repressive governments like Syria, Eritrea, Somalia, and Afghanistan. The European Union countries have placed more emphasis on cracking down on smugglers than on saving lives of those at sea.