Migrants: 407 deaths, 12,446 arrivals in Med in 2019

IOM, number dropping compared to same period in 2018

12 April, 12:42

    (ANSAmed) - GENEVA, APRIL 12 - At least 407 migrants and refugees have been reported dead in the Mediterranean since the start of 2019 as they were attempting to reach Europe, down from the 558 deaths recorded in 2018, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday in Geneva.

    The UN agency added that a total of 12,446 migrants and refugees reached Europe by sea from January 1 until April 10, down 22% from the 16,218 arrivals reported over the same period last year. Arrivals in Spain and Greece since the start of 2019 have been respectively 5,776 and 5,796. The number of landings is significantly lower in Italy (551 from 6,894 over the same period in 2018), Malta (246) and Cyprus (177).

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