Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Migrant deaths crossing Mediterranean top 3,000 in 2014

     . More than 3,000 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean this year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Europe is thus considered the most dangerous destination for ”irregular” migrants.
          In its 216-page report, the IOM puts the figures at 3,072 deaths but warned that other experts believe the toll could be as high as three times that number.
          This year's IOM’s figure is more than double the previous peak in 2011, and exceeds last year's estimate over four times.  Since January, 4,077 migrant deaths have occurred worldwide with 75% of fatalities happening in Europe. It is believed that more than 40,000 migrants have died since 2000. Of the toll, 22,000 were trying to reach Europe. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29415836

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