IOM Monitors Latest Migrant Arrivals, Deaths in Mediterranean

Posted: 
10/06/15
Themes: 
Missing Migrants

Italy - With reports surfacing from Libya this morning of nearly 100 migrant deaths since Sunday, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project calculates that 2,987 migrants this year have perished in the Mediterranean, or almost three quarters of the 4,093 migrants who have died worldwide so far in 2015.

“The Mediterranean remains the deadliest route for migrants on our planet,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in Geneva. “This loss of life is unnecessary, completely avoidable and absolutely unacceptable.”

These latest figures are based on unconfirmed reports of bodies being found near Libya’s coast. At least two sightings – of 85 corpses in one area, and ten in another – have been reported, according to IOM’s team in Libya on Tuesday, citing the Libyan Red Crescent.

Meanwhile, as cold weather begins to become a factor on the Mediterranean routes, IOM Rome reports that another 2,000 migrants have arrived this week in Italy.

Flavio Di Giacomo of IOM Rome reported that some 1,830 migrants were rescued from six vessels found adrift in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, citing Italian Coast Guard sources.

He said that the survivors were brought ashore in operations to save those in four stricken boats and two rubber dinghies on Monday. Another 190 new arrivals reportedly are on their way to Italy this morning.

IOM’s 2015 tally to date for Mediterranean arrivals now stands at 557,899 – virtually double 2014’s full-year total of 219,000 migrants.

In Greece, IOM reports that since last Friday (2/10) over 20,000 new arrivals have come ashore from boats leaving Turkey, bringing the total on this route to 421,341 so far in 2015. IOM Turkey reports the Turkish Coast Guard has counted 134 deaths of migrants in its waters this year. The Turkish military said 72 migrants died in Turkish waters in September alone, with another four deaths reported through October 5.

Mediterranean Developments - Rescues / Interceptions by Turkish Coast Guard

Statistics for 2014

 

Number of Cases

Number of Irregular Migrants

Number of Deaths

Number of Facilitators

TOTAL

574

14,961

69

106

Statistics for 2015*

Months

Number of Cases

Number of Irregular Migrants

Number of Deaths

Number of Facilitators

January

20

688

-

8

February

29

753

9

4

March

47

1,820

6

7

April

87

2,490

10

21

May

127

4,378

2

21

June

153

5,702

7

5

July

341

12,586

9

17

August

421

18,037

15

13

September

398

13,475

72

18

October*

47

1,550

4

3

Total

1,670

61,479

134

117

*As of  5 October 2015
Spain, too, has seen an increase in new arrivals, with nearly 200 migrants rescued since the weekend. So far in 2015, IOM reports 3,007 migrants have landed in Spain.

For latest data on arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit http://missingmigrants.iom.int

For more information please contact Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy. Tel: +39 0644 186 207, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int. Or Daniel Szabo at IOM HQ, Tel: + 41 22 717 94 76,  Mobile: +41 76 768 77 03,  Email: dszabo@iom.int

Some 2,987 migrants have perished this year in the Mediterranean