Deadliest year on record for migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean

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Members of Turkish Coastal Guard ship UMUT capture Syrian migrants on a boat after they attempted to reach Greek Island Chios at the Agean Sea in Cesme district near Izmir, coastal city of Turkey, early 10 December 2015.

Today, Turkish authorities found the bodies of another 21 people in need. Three of the violence and poverty victims, were children.


With 3,771 deaths, 2015 was the deadliest year on record for migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported today. In 2014, 3,279 deaths were recorded in the Mediterranean Sea.

Globally, IOM estimates that over 5,350 migrants died in 2015. IOM also recorded total sea arrivals to Europe in 2015 at 1,004,356 or almost five times the previous year’s total of 219,000.

The deadliest month in 2015 was April whe...


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