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24 May 2016

A rescue operation by the Italian navy ship Grecale (unseen) off the coast of Sicily, Italy. Photo: Marina Militare, May 6, 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 191,134; Deaths 1,370
Posted on Tues. May-24-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 191,134 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths through 21 May this year stand at 1,370 on all Mediterranean routes, which is 24 percent lower than last year’s total of 1,792 through the same period.

It is notable that a total of just 13 fatalities have been reported this month in just three incidents, none occurring on the eastern Mediterranean route between Turkey and Greece, where through the first four months of 2016, nearly 400 migrants and refugees drowned.

The deaths in May 2016 include at least 10 people believed to have drowned off Sardinia on Saturday, part of a voyage IOM believes left from Algeria. Additionally two bodies were recovered this month off Egypt and one body was found off Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta.

By contrast, nearly 330 migrants and refugees drowned in the Mediterranean during May 2014, and another 95 died in May last year.

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"Cooperation on migration must be integrated into foreign and economic policies at the national, regional and global levels and support provided for origin and transit countries." - Alex Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece. Read more here.

Migration in the News
  • The Guardian reported that refugees sailing across the Bab-el-Mandeb strait to escape Yemen’s civil war are passing migrants heading in the opposite direction in search of a better life.

  • Sputnik reported that Libya’s coast guard has intercepted a boat carrying 850 migrants trying to reach Europe.

  • Quartz reported that hundreds of earthquake survivors in Nepal live today in Camp Hope, a small settlement run by the luxury Dwarika Hotel.

  • Kuwait Times reported that the issue of mistreatment of Sierra Leonean housemaids in Kuwait is of serious concern for both governments. Sierra Leone has sought help from international agencies to improve conditions for its nationals.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New Yorker featured filmmaker Matthew Cassel's six-part documentary on a Syrian refugee’s 1,700-mile journey to Europe.

  • AFP reported that aid workers and medical personnel are working to identify migrants who die trying to reach the UK from Calais in northern France.


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