Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 120,975 in 2017

Humanitarian Emergencies, Missing Migrants

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 120,975 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 23 August. This compares with 271,951 arrivals across the region through 23 August 2016.

IOM Libya reports that 102 migrants (95 men and 7 women) were rescued at sea off Sabratha on 21 August by the Libyan Coast Guard. So far in 2017, 13,148 migrants been rescued in Libyan waters.

No new deaths have been recorded by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project in the Mediterranean Sea since Monday.  Elsewhere in the world, two migrant deaths in Mexico and three migrant deaths on the US-side of the US-Mexico border were recorded.

Also, last Sunday, 20 August, a shipwreck occurred off the coast of Comoros with migrants trying to reach Mayotte, a French island. One migrant is confirmed dead from this incident, while 10 remain missing (including five women and three children). Six people survived the shipwreck.

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For more information, please contact:

Joel Millman at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email: [email protected]
Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: [email protected]
Kelly Namia, IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email: [email protected]
Julia Black, IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: [email protected]
Christine Petré, IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email [email protected]
Ana Dodevska, IOM Spain, Tel: +34 91 445 7116, Email: [email protected]


  • IOM Field officer at work in Lampedusa. File photo: Alessia Capasso / IOM 2011