IOM says 663 migrants dead in Mediterranean in 2017

Nearly 25,000 landed in Italy, up 25% on 2016

04 April, 13:12

    (ANSAmed) - GENEVA, APRIL 4 - At least 663 migrants and refugees have died in the Mediterranean thus far in 2017 in an attempt to reach Europe, and the total number of arrivals by this route to Europe grew to 29,369 as of April 2, according to the latest data released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

    Over 80% of the arrivals were registered in Italy (24,513), with the remainder in Greece (3,856) and Spain (1,000).

    In Italy the number of migrant landings since the beginning of 2017 is close to the 25,000 mark, according to figures released by the IOM's spokesman in Italy, Flavio Di Giacomo.

    The total number of arrivals last year on the central Mediterranean route that connects North Africa and Italy was 181,436.

    If the current trends continue, the total number of arrivals for 2017 could surpass 200,000 for the first time since the start of the current emergency.(ANSAmed).

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