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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 239,923 Deaths: 2,933

medupdate20160715-1Italy – IOM reports an estimated 239,923 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 13 July, arriving mostly in Italy and Greece.  

So far this year an estimated 2,933 deaths have been recorded, compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015, and 1,906 through 13 July last year.

In Greece, the Coast Guard has rescued 49 migrants from three incidents off Lesbos and Kos since July 12th. In one tragedy this week involving a boat believed to be carrying 13 migrants, four people – a man, a woman and two children – died. Another three are missing and six were rescued.

Meanwhile in Italy over 8,900 migrants have been rescued and brought ashore since 1 July. On Tuesday four corpses were found in the hull of a boat after a rescue in the Channel of Sicily. One of them was a child.

On Thursday Italian authorities announced they had concluded their operation to raise a shipwrecked trawler that sank in April 2015 off Libya. Italy said its navy had extracted 458 bodies from inside the  vessel since it was brought to shore last month, in addition to the remains of 169 victims found on or around the wreck in recent months. Additionally, Italy reported 48 more bodies were recovered and brought to shore after its divers returned to the sea bed. There are 28 known survivors of the shipwreck. According to the Italian navy, there are now 675 confirmed victims of the tragedy, with the possibility that more remains may never be recovered.

Total Arrivals by Sea and Deaths in the Mediterranean 2015-2016

1 Jan – 13 July 2016

1 Jan – 30 June 2015

 Country of Arrival

Arrivals

Deaths

Arrivals

Deaths

Italy

78,487

2,505

(Central Med route)

70,329

1,838

(all Med routes)

Greece

158,877

383

(Eastern Med route)

71,615

Cyprus

28

na

Spain

1,818*

45

(Western Med and Western African routes)

na

Estimated Total

239,210

2,933**

141,944

1,838

Data on deaths of migrants compiled by IOM GMDAC. All numbers are minimum estimates. Arrival estimates based on data from respective governments and IOM field offices.
*as of 31 May
** Reflects reassessment of estimates based on new data.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic, please go to:
https://missingmigrants.iom.int/mediterranean-update-15-july-2016

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 at 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: +30 210 9919040, +30 210 9912174, 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.
Itayi Viriri at IOM Geneva, Tel: +41.79.285.4366, 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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