Migrant Deaths Exceed 2,000 For Fourth Consecutive Year As 100,000 Migrants Cross Mediterranean Sea

Migrant Deaths Exceed 2,000 For Fourth Consecutive Year As 100,000 Migrants Cross Mediterranean Sea

Migrant Deaths Exceed 2,000 For Fourth Consecutive Year As 100,000 Migrants Cross Mediterranean Sea

The latest report of the U.N. Migration Agency (IOM) revealed that more than 100 000 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea until 3 July and 2247 deaths were reported.

The report published Tuesday said that a total of 101,210 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea, reaching 85% in Italy, while the rest were divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain.
Although the report indicates that the total death rate is approaching 2250, it is still less than the number of deaths recorded last year through July, or 2 963. However, this is the fourth consecutive year in which the number of deaths Migrants in the Mediterranean Sea has surpassed 2,000.

Globally, the IOM project on missing migrants (MMP) reports that there have been 3,047 deaths by July 2, the Mediterranean region which accounts for the highest proportion of deaths, three quarters of the total world.

Another report published by the U.N. In June they reported that 81,292 migrants, including refugees, entered Europe by sea on June 18. In recent days, regional figures were added to 60 missing persons in the center.

Mediterranean, as reported by survivors who landed in Brindisi, Italy. Nine corpses were recovered during last week’s rescue operations and transported in Catania, Italy, by a Swedish Coast Guard vessel. Two drowned in Rio Bravo and four bodies were recovered in Tajura, Libya.

Italy is the main destination for migrants who try to reach Europe by sea, due to their proximity to Libya. More than 500,000 immigrants have crossed Italian ports since 2014, and numbers rise again. Disturbed by the growing number of migrants, Italy has threatened to close its ports and confiscate rescue boats run by aid agencies carrying Libyan people, the BBC reported.

Of the three main routes used by refugees and migrants to reach Europe, the road to the western Mediterranean, the road to the central Mediterranean and the road to the eastern Mediterranean became the most used and also the most deadly one Study on mixed flows of refugees and migrants by the UNHSR says.

The report also revealed that nearly half of those traveling in Libya believe they can find work there, but fled to Europe to escape insecurity, instability, difficult economic conditions and widespread exploitation and abuse.
According to the study, refugees and migrants in Libya are mainly young men (80 percent), with an average age of 22 and 72 percent of them traveling alone. Women tend to move to Europe in a short period of time, and many of them, especially those in West and Central Africa, are trafficked.

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