Over 400 migrants migrants died crossing Mediterranean in early 2018

404 migrants died crossing Mediterranean since the beginning of 2018, The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported. This number is higher than the 261 sea deaths of the same period last year.

A further 221 migrant deaths globally brings the toll to 625 in the first month and a half of 2018.

Most of the nationalities arriving in Italy so far this year have largely come from countries whose arrivals were much fewer a year ago, with Eritrean, Tunisian, Pakistani, Nigerian and Libyan nationals making up the highest numbers.

The Central Mediterranean route, where migrants attempt to cross the sea to Italy, remains the deadliest route with 365 deaths recorded in 7 weeks.

While arrivals on the Western Mediterranean route are fewer than the central and eastern routes, the western route is also deadly.

Eighty-nine migrants are reported to have died or gone missing on the Western Mediterranean route between North Africa and Spain this year.

In a report released in 2017, IOM dubbed the Mediterranean Sea as “the world’s deadliest border.” According to the report, at least 33,761 migrants have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean between the years 2000 to 2017.

TMP – 01/03/2018

Photo credit: CNN. Mediterranean Sea was dubbed “the world’s deadliest border” for migrants in 2017.

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