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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 222,291; Deaths: 2,888

International Organization for Migration reports an estimated 222,291 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 28 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,888 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 already stand at 1,050 ahead of last year’s mid-point total, despite being several days shy of 2016’s mid-year point.

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The latest two incidents involving fatalities occurred on the Central Mediterranean route, which thus far in 2016 has been the site of 2,467 migrant drownings, or over 85% of all deaths involving migrants attempting to enter Europe by sea. On 14 June, nine migrants were reported drowned off the Libyan coast near the port of Zuwara.

On 25 June, last Saturday, 17 migrants were reportedly lost off the Libyan coast. All the victims are said to be nationals of Ethiopia.  Migrants arriving in Brindisi told IOM staff that during their sea crossing they witnessed the migrants falling from their dinghy.

IOM’s Rome spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo reported Monday a combined total of some 6,000 migrants have been rescued in the Channel of Sicily on the 24, 25 and 26 of June. Many of the migrants remained at sea during Monday, and so their numbers remain as yet uncounted in the latest total of arrivals to Italy through 2016, which IOM estimates is 62,752. Last year, during this same period, arrivals were about 59,000.
Mr. Di Giacomo also reported that the corpse of a Nigerian woman was brought to Catania on 24 June. She was travelling with her 6 year old daughter. Another corpse was recovered yesterday and will be brought Tuesday to Calabria. Total number of rescued at sea in 2016, including those who have not yet been brought to land is approximately 66,600, he added. This new report, if confirmed, would bring the year’s Mediterranean death toll to 2,889.

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For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic, please go to:
https://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/default/files/Mediterranean_Update_28_June_2016.pdf

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe
Learn more about Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

For further information please contact:
Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
IOM Greece: Daniel Esdras, Tel: +30 210 9912174, Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kelly Namia, Tel: +302109919040, +302109912174, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Abby Dwommoh at IOM Turkey, Tel: +903124551202, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Amr Taha at IOM Egypt. Tel: +202-27365140, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
IOM Geneva: Joel Millman, Tel: +41.22.717.9486 – Mobile: +41.79.103.8720, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Leonard Doyle, Tel: + 41 79 285 7123, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
IOM Libya. Othman Belbeisi, Tel +216 29 600389, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ashraf Hassan, Tel: +21629794707 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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