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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 191,134; Deaths 1,370


Alwihda Info | Par IOM - 24 Mai 2016


A rescue operation by the Italian navy ship Grecale (unseen) off the coast of Sicily, Italy. Photo: Marina Militare, May 6, 2016
A rescue operation by the Italian navy ship Grecale (unseen) off the coast of Sicily, Italy. Photo: Marina Militare, May 6, 2016
Italy - IOM reports an estimated 191,134 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths through 21 May this year stand at 1,370 on all Mediterranean routes, which is 24 percent lower than last year’s total of 1,792 through the same period.

It is notable that a total of just 13 fatalities have been reported this month in just three incidents, none occurring on the eastern Mediterranean route between Turkey and Greece, where through the first four months of 2016, nearly 400 migrants and refugees drowned.

The deaths in May 2016 include at least 10 people believed to have drowned off Sardinia on Saturday, part of a voyage IOM believes left from Algeria. Additionally two bodies were recovered this month off Egypt and one body was found off Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta.

By contrast, nearly 330 migrants and refugees drowned in the Mediterranean during May 2014, and another 95 died in May last year.


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