Over 3,000 refugees have died in the Mediterranean region: IOM

A report titled “Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost During Migration,” was released on Monday covering the world’s most wide ranging analysis and count to date of migrant fatalities across land and sea.

The International Organisation of Migration (IOM) reports says that over 40,000 migrants have died since 2000 and has called on governments worldwide to address “an epidemic of crime and victimisation.”

A global map in the reports shows that in the Mediterranean region alone, over 3,000 migrants have died.

“Our message is blunt: migrants are dying who need not,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, “It is time to do more than count the number of victims. It is time to engage the world to stop this violence against desperate migrants.”

Only last week, 345 refugees from Syria were rescued from an unseaworthy fishing boat in rough seas 55 nautical miles off Paphos.

For full details of the report click here

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