Thursday, 13 April 2023 05:09

Central Mediterranean: Deadliest first quarter for migrant deaths in six years

IOM/Peter Schatzer
Migrants disembark from a vessel in Lampedusa, Italy, after being rescued by a fishing boat in the Mediterranean Sea. (file)

Over 400 migrants died while attempting to cross the Central Mediterranean between January and March of this year, making it the deadliest first quarter on record since 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday.

IOM’s Missing Migrants Project documented 441 deaths during this period, though the true toll is likely to be higher.

People are dying in the waters of the Mediterranean. Most of their calls for help go unheard.

States must increase and support search and rescue to save lives at sea.

More here:

IOM — UN Migration