255 migrants drowned in Mediterranean Sea since beginning of 2017 — IOM

Migrant boat used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: CBC]
Migrant boat used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: CBC]

A total of 255 migrants drowned while crossing the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of 2017, the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, has disclosed.

The organisation said on Tuesday in Geneva that arrival of migrants in Europe in the first 36 days of 2017 was much lower than that of last year.

According to IOM, a total of 255 men, women and children drowned while crossing the sea this year.

The organisation said the figure was lesser than the 380 deaths recorded over the same period in 2016.

It said that 228 deaths recorded this year had been documented on the central Mediterranean Sea route between North Africa and Italy.

It added that additional 27 individuals lost their lives on the western and eastern Mediterranean passage.

The IOM said that a total of 11,010 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe through the sea by February 5 this year.

According to the organisation, the number is significantly lower than over 74,800 arrivals in the first 36 days of 2016.

IOM statistics revealed that most of this year’s maritime arrivals (9,359) were documented in Italy, with the rest landing in Greece (1,651).


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