IOM News: Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 11,169; Deaths: 258. Global Deaths Top 400Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 11,010; Deaths: 255Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 5,932, Deaths: 254
IOM reports that 5,932 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 2 February, about 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Greece. This compares with 67,856 through the first 33 days of 2016.
These arrivals do not include 1,340 migrants rescued in Straits of Sicily on Wednesday, who were bound for Italian ports on Thursday night. The 4,480 who landed in Italy before January 31, and the 1,340 en route on Thursday evening, put Italy’s total through the year’s first five weeks at 5,820 – about the same number of arrivals in Italy as at this point in 2016, and significantly ahead of the 2015 total during the same period.
IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reports 254 estimated deaths at sea on various routes, compared with 379 through the first 33 days of 2016. IOM has recorded no Mediterranean fatalities since Sunday, January 29.