Mediterranean: Since the beginning of the year 1,500 boat refugees have drowned

The number of people trying to get across the Mediterranean to Europe is declining. But according to the UN, as many people drowned as never before.

Mediterranean: Since the beginning of the year 1,500 boat refugees have drowned

More than 1,500 refugees have drowned or disappeared in Mediterranean since beginning of year. This figure was announced by International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva. Thus, 1,111 people died on central Mediterranean route to Italy and Malta; On way to Spain re were 304, in waters off Greece and Cyprus 89. In terms of sharp decline in arrivals, 2018 was one of deadliest years since beginning of records, according to UN organization.

A total of 55,000 people – half compared to previous year and slightly more than one fifth compared with 2016 – thus travelled illegally to Europe by sea since beginning of year. Of se, about 21,000 were registered in Spain, 18,130 in Italy and an estimated 240 in Malta. Greek ports recorded 15,530 migrants, Cyprus almost 110.

The central Mediterranean route remains by far deadliest Überfahrtsweg: 605 drowned at 10,000 rescued. In contrast, western route to Spain recorded 145 deaths on 10,000; In eastern Mediterranean, quota is 57 deaths.

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Updated Date: 28 July 2018, 12:00

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