More than 33,000 migrants died in Mediterranean since 2000 – IOM

News

November 27, 2017

More than 33,000 migrants died in Mediterranean since 2000 – IOM

More than 33,000 migrants died in the Mediterranean trying to reach European borders since 2000, Reuters reports with reference to the report released by the International Organization for Migration. 

“The report states that at least 33,761 migrants were reported to have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean between the year 2000 to 2017. This number is as of June 30,” IOM’s member Jorge Galindo told during the briefing in Geneva. 

Thus, according to his words, the Mediterranean Sea is the most dangerous border in the world today. 

This year, nearly 161,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea, nearly “75 percent of them landing in Italy with the rest in Greece, Cyprus and Spain.” 

Nearly 3,000 persons have died or are missing. 

It has been informed earlier that migrants from Western Africa, who are trying to reach Europe, probably die in the Sahara even more frequently than in the Mediterranean.