Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 189,414; Deaths 1,357

Humanitarian Emergencies, Missing Migrants

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 189,414 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 15 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths through 15 May this year stand at 1,357 on all Mediterranean routes, which is 24 percent lower than last year’s total of 1,792, through the same period.

Yesterday (16/05) some 1,359 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya in operations carried out by Dignity One (MSF), Borsini (Italian Navy), Le Roisin (Irish Navy), Aquarius (SOS Mediterranèe), Frankfurt (German Navy) and Siem Pilot (Norway).

IOM’s team in Italy maintains that migrant flows have remained more or less stable during the first five months of 2016, compared to the same period last year, with the top nationalities arriving in Italy remaining the same – mostly Sub-Saharan Africans.

Despite a sharp drop in departures of Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans from Turkey to Greece, IOM has yet to see any evidence that these nationalities are responding to the closure of the Balkan route by returning to the Central Mediterranean route and trying to reach Italy via Egypt or Libya.


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