Migrant Arrivals on Mediterranean Reach 264,513, Deaths at Sea: 3,151

Italy - IOM reports that 264,513 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 11 August, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy.

IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reports migrant and refugee fatalities in the Mediterranean have already surpassed the total for the first eight months of 2015. The project recorded the deaths of 3,151 migrants and refugees through Thursday (11 August), a decrease from Tuesday’s count, because a data re-check put at 20 the number of bodies recovered off Libya last week. Earlier, IOM reported 50 victims of various nationalities were washed ashore in Al Mayah.

IOM Libya reported that in its latest update from Libyan authorities one body washed ashore on 8 August at Al Zawiyah. The victim – of unknown nationality – is believed to have been from a boat that sunk 3-4 days prior, which witnesses estimate was carrying 182 passengers.

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