More than 3,100 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean this year

October 13, 2015

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported today that at least 3,103 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean so far this year trying to reach the European coast, due to harsh weather conditions and traveling in crowded boats and insecure.

According to official data and other data collected by the IOM, more than 450,000 migrants have arrived on the coasts of Greece since the beginning of the year and more than 136,408 migrants have arrived in Italy in the same period.

Most of the people who came to the latter country came from Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. The highest number of this group corresponds to men, but a high number of women and minors who traveled without the company of adults have also been detected.

The IOM considered the increase in the number of women from Nigeria who have crossed the Mediterranean to be alarming, more than 4,300 so far this year, and warned that many of them are potential victims of trafficking.

This organization has established two teams in Italy in order to avoid this and provide protection to this group of women.

In the case of Greece, the majority of migrants and refugees who arrived in that country since January came from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

October 13, 2015

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported today that at least 3,103 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean so far this year trying to reach the European coast, due to harsh weather conditions and traveling in crowded boats and insecure.

According to official data and other data collected by the IOM, more than 450,000 migrants have arrived on the coasts of Greece since the beginning of the year and more than 136,408 migrants have arrived in Italy in the same period.

Most of the people who came to the latter country came from Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. The highest number of this group corresponds to men, but a high number of women and minors who traveled without the company of adults have also been detected.

The IOM considered the increase in the number of women from Nigeria who have crossed the Mediterranean to be alarming, more than 4,300 so far this year, and warned that many of them are potential victims of trafficking.

This organization has established two teams in Italy in order to avoid this and provide protection to this group of women.

In the case of Greece, the majority of migrants and refugees who arrived in that country since January came from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.