Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 240,884; Deaths: 2,954

Posted: 
07/19/16
Themes: 
Humanitarian Emergencies, Missing Migrants

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 240,884 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 17 July, arriving mostly in Italy and Greece.

So far this year an estimated 2,954 deaths have been recorded, compared with 1,906 through 30 July last year. 

According to official sources in Greece, last month the Greek coastguard had to intervene with search and rescue operations in 58 incidents. Ten suspected smugglers were arrested and 16 boats were seized.  Since the beginning of the year, 132 smugglers have been arrested and the coastguard has intervened in nearly 1,000 incidents.

Total Arrivals by Sea and Deaths in the Mediterranean 2015-2016

1 Jan – 17 July 2016

1 Jan – 30 July 2015

Country of Arrival

Arrivals

Deaths

Arrivals

Deaths

Italy

79,861*

2,526
(Central Med route)

93,540

1,917 (all Med routes)

Greece

159,177

383
(Eastern Med route)

126,514

Cyprus

28

na

Spain

1,818**

45
(Western Med and Western African routes)

na

Estimated Total

240,884

2,954

220,054

1,917

Data on deaths of migrants compiled by IOM GMDACAll numbers are minimum estimates. Arrival estimates based on data from respective governments and IOM field offices.
* Official figures provided by Italian Ministry of Interior
**As of 31 May

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic, please go to:
https://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/default/files/Mediterranean_Update_18_July_2016.pdf

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe

Learn more about Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

For further information please contact:
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
IOM Greece: Daniel Esdras, Tel: +30 210 9912174, Email:  iomathens@iom.int or Kelly Namia, Tel: +30 210 9919040, +30 210 9912174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Abby Dwommoh at IOM Turkey, Tel: +903124551202, Email: adwommoh@iom.int
Amr Taha at IOM Egypt. Tel: +202-27365140, Email: iomegypt@iom.int
Itayi Viriri at IOM Geneva, Tel: +41.79.285.4366, Email: iviriri@iom.int
IOM Libya. Othman Belbeisi, Tel +216 29 600389, Email: obelbeisi@iom.int or Ashraf Hassan, Tel: +21629794707, Email: ashassan@iom.int