IOM, UN Migration Agency, reports that 118.227 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 up until 13th of August, with 82 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 265,640 arrivals across the Mediterranean through 13 August 2016. The change in the number of arrivals represents a decrease of 124% compared to the same period of 2016.
* Data on deaths of migrants compiled by IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre.
* All numbers are minimum estimates.
* Arrivals based on data from respective governments and IOM field offices.
IOM Rome reported on Monday, 14 August, that, according to official figures of the Italian Ministry of Interior, 97,293 migrants have arrived by sea to Italy this year, which is a 4.15 per cent drop from the same period in 2016. IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo noted that August arrivals thus far, at just over 2,000 migrants, including refugees, are running at under 10 per cent of 2016 and 2015 August arrivals, despite being nearly at the month’s midway point (see chart below).
IOM Libya reported Monday (14 August) the recovery of the remains of two migrants on 7 August near Azzawya, Libya. That information came too late to include in the latest fatality figures from the region, which are at 2,408 in the chart above. Although this figure lags by almost 800 the number of deaths (3,203) recorded at this time last year, it nonetheless marks the fourth consecutive year migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea have exceeded 2,400. Worth underlining, however, is the fact that the number of deaths in the Mediterranean region, as compared to the same period of 2016, corresponds to a 33% decrease. (see the chart below)
The chart below splits the numbers corresponding to recorded deaths in 2016 and 2017 per month, to give you a sense on which months, between January and August 2016 and 2017, were the most tragic for the refugees that attempted to reach Europe through the Mediterranean.
Worldwide, Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reports that there have been 3,487 fatalities in 2017 through 13 August (see chart below). The Mediterranean region continues to account for well over half of all fatalities worldwide. Among the new deaths reported by the MMP team since last week are two migrants, one lost in a drowning in Río Bravo and the other in a vehicle accident in Europe.
For latest arrivals data in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe
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Kelly Namia, IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Black, IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: email@example.com
Christine Petré, IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ana Dodevska, IOM Spain, Tel: +34 91 445 7116, Email: email@example.com