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Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 reach record 3,800

© STR, AFP, Marina Militare Italiana | The UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals on the route between Libya and Italy.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-10-26

The UN refugee agency said Wednesday that at least 3,800 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year in an attempt to reach Europe, making 2016 the deadliest year on record.

"We can confirm that at least 3,800 people have been reported dead or missing in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year, making the death toll in 2016 the highest ever recorded," UN refugee agency spokesman William Spindler told AFP in an email, as the figures passed last year's mark of 3,771.

The sombre milestone was reached despite a significant decline in migrant crossing this year compared to 2015.

Last year, more than a million people reached Europe via the Mediterranean, but crossings so far this year remain below 330,000.

Numbers began dropping dramatically following a March deal between Turkey and the European Union to stem the migrant tide on the Greek islands.

The most dangerous route has been between Libya and Italy, where the United Nations has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year.

For the much shorter Turkey to Greece route, the likelihood of perishing was one in 88, UNHCR said.

The agency explained that death rates have spiked despite nearly a two-thirds drop in total migration because smugglers are "often using lower quality vessels -- flimsy inflatable rafts that do not last the journey."

Smugglers also appear to be packing increasing numbers of people on boats, possibly to drive up profits, UNHCR further said.

Shipwrecks involving more people have reduced rescue rates, the agency added, also noting that several disasters this year have been linked to bad weather.

(AFP)

Date created : 2016-10-26

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