Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 214,691; Deaths: 2,861
Italy - IOM reports an estimated 214,691 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 19 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain. Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand at 1,020 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, although we remain almost two weeks shy of 2016’s mid-year point.
This week, IOM Libya released a report, “Maritime Incidents off the Libyan Coast” that counts 153 confirmed fatalities of migrants recorded by Libya’s coast guard, which has recovered the remains of dozens of drowned men, women and at least one child – virtually all from Sub-Saharan African countries – during this past spring. IOM is reviewing its Missing Migrants Project database to determine whether any of these 153 deaths should be added to its current total.
IOM’s Rome spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo reported Monday about 760 migrants had been rescued at sea and brought to port since our last report. On 17 June the Irish Navy ship “Lé Róisín” brought to Porto Empedocle 113 migrants and the bodies of two women who are believed to have died from asphyxiation. They had departed from Libya. On the same day, 441 migrants were brought to Trapani by the Dutch ship “Van Amstel,” having sailed for ten days after leaving Egypt. They informed IOM staff that they paid the equivalent of 2,200 - 2,400 Euros for the sea crossing.
IOM estimates that from 1 January to 19 June 2016 55,510 migrants arrived by sea to Italy. Last year, during this same period, arrivals were about 59,000.
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