'The refugee crisis is anything but solved' - Shona Murray reports

Some 6,500 refugees were rescued from the Mediterranean on Monday

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Exactly one year on from the tragic death of Alan Kurdi, tragic stories of refugees trying to get to Europe are still ever present.

Some 6,500 were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea on Monday in one operation alone.

It was the largest operation of its kind, and proves that the refugee crisis is anything but solved.

Most of those were from Eritrea and Somalia, and were taken aboard Italian Navy vessels where many are still on board such is the lack of space in local reception centres.

Newstalk.com's Shona Murray spoke to the Pat Kenny Show earlier about the scene from the Italian port of Messina, where one of the huge naval vessels is docked.

Some 1,159 of the mostly men were taken aboard the Virginio Fasan where they were treated for any medical emergencies.

All those on-board will eventually be taken to hotspot sites and reception centres, where they will be told their rights with regard to applying for asylum.

Some will refuse to do that here and will try to get to another European country - many refugees want to get to Germany.

Jamal from Somalia worked for the United Nations forces in Mogadishu and was targeted by Al-Shabab. The Islamic militant group who accused him of working for 'Christians' and shot him in the stomach.

He has a huge scar, and escaped by paying smugglers in Libya US$3,000 (€2,681).

His family are in danger in Mogadishu, and he is hoping to be able to qualify for reunification when his asylum process is complete.

More and more women are also taking the journey because they have husbands who did so last year or in previous years - and perhaps have a place in Germany, so they want to unite with them.

Horror stories of sexual violence by smugglers, particularly women who have come through Libya, are common.

And there are thousands of vulnerable minors who are often sent by their families so they can get a better life.

They are often given temporary asylum until they are 18, and then have to restart the process. It depends what country they are from.

Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam, spoke to us about the issue.