Death of migrants in the Mediterranean reduced by half from 2019

665 migrants have lost their life this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, a decrease of almost half compared to the same time last year.

This is the lowest number since 2014, when the IOM’s Missing Migrants Project started collecting the information.

Almost two in three of the deaths occurred in the Central Mediterranean route, mostly near Libya and Tunisia.

Numbers as of 31 September 2020

Less migrants trying to cross by sea

The numbers of migrants who successfully crossed the sea up until the end of September is 58,847, a decrease of 29% compared to last year.

With Italy accounting for almost 25,000, the only major point of entry whose numbers have increased on a year to year basis.

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