Mediterranean migrant deaths spike
From AHMED MOOLLA in Cairo, Egypt
CAIRO, (CAJ News) – THE high death toll in the Mediterranean Sea is a dramatic reminder of how people continue to die in large numbers in their attempt to reach Europe.
The past week marked the deadliest period this year with 1 083 migrants estimated to have died or gone missing in nine separate incidents. The largest toll was recorded on May 26 when an estimated 500 migrants disappeared, including 40 children.
The migrant death toll is second only to that recorded during a week in mid-April 2015, in which 1 229 migrants are estimated to have died in five separate shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.
The Central Mediterranean route, between North Africa and Italy, is particularly dangerous.
Since 2014, more than 20 incidents along this route resulted in over 100 recorded deaths and disappearances each.
This route has seen 27 percent of sea arrivals to Europe since the beginning of 2014, but accounts for 85 percent of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean during the same period.
According to the International office of Migration (IOM), for every 50 migrants who have attempted the Central Mediterranean crossing since 2014, one has died en-route.
The Mediterranean currently accounts for almost 90 percent of recorded migrant deaths around the world so far in 2016.
– CAJ News
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