Switzerland: No migrant deaths in Mediterranean in last three weeks - IOM

Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Since 9 August, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has not received any reports of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

The total count for Mediterranean Sea fatalities has remained at 2,410 for 20 days, IOM said in a press release on its website on Tuesday.

The statement added that just 19 deaths have been recorded in the region so far in all of August by IOM, a sharp drop from the 689 recorded in August 2015 and 62 last year.

IOM said some 121,517 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 27 August. This compares with 272,612 arrivals across the region through 27 August 2016. Last Monday, 134 migrants were rescued at sea off the Libyan capital, Tripoli. So far in 2017, 13,282 migrants have been rescued in Libyan waters.
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30 august 2017 11:30:51

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