Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 8,950 in 2019; Deaths Reach 223

Missing Migrants

Geneva – The International Organization for MIgration (IOM) reports that 8,950 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 24 February, a 10 per cent decrease from the 10,016 arriving during the same period last year. Deaths on the three main Mediterranean Sea routes through almost seven weeks of the new year are at 223 individuals – or about one half the 437 deaths that occurred during the same period in 2018 (see chart below).