Hundreds dead in fatal migration to Europe

Migrants MediterraneanFrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – MORE Nigerians that any other nationals are involved in the deadly journey by boat through the Mediterranean to Europe.
The International Organisation of Migration (IOM), a United Nations Agency, disclosed as of last Thursday, 77 004 migrants and refugees entered Europe this year with almost 85 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain.
While this compares with 214 427 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, arrivals from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Morocco, Mali and Guinea have all been up.
Nigerians (9 286 men, women and children) comprised the number one nationality – as they had a year ago – with Bangladeshis (7 106) in second place.
The next eight countries were: Guinea (5 960), Ivory Coast (5 657), Senegal (3 935), Morocco (3 327), Mali (3 150), Eritrea (2 344) and Sudan (2 327).
So far this year, 251 bodies have been retrieved from the Libyan shores, not including three bodies IOM Libya has received information about last Friday June.
Some 9 111 migrants have been rescued in Libyan waters in 2017.
Since early 2017, IOM Libya has assisted 4 443 stranded migrants to return to their countries of origin.
Smugglers have been blamed for the deaths of scores of people desperate to reach Europe.
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