Regional Grouping: 
International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Missing Migrants Project tracks deaths of migrants and those who have gone missing along migratory routes worldwide.

Type of Resource: 
Data Sources
Dates Covered: 
October 2013 onwards
Related Reports / Publications: 
Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost during Migration (2014) , Tara Brian and Frank Laczko eds.. Available from
Data Sources: 
Sources vary depending on the region and broadly include data from national authorities, such as Coast Guards and Medical Examiners; media reports; NGOs; and interviews with survivors of shipwrecks. In the Mediterranean region, data is relayed from relevant national authorities to IOM field missions, who then share it with the MMP team. Data is also obtained by IOM and other organizations that receive survivors at landing points in Italy and Greece. In other cases, media reports are used. IOM and UNHCR also regularly coordinate on MMP data to ensure consistency. Data on the U.S./Mexico border is compiled based on data from U.S. county medical examiners and sheriff’s offices, as well as media reports for deaths occurring on the Mexican side of the border. Estimates within Mexico and Central America are based primarily on media and year-end government reports. Data on the Bay of Bengal is drawn from reports by UNHCR and NGOs. In the Horn of Africa, data is obtained from media and NGOs. Data for other regions is drawn from a combination of sources, including media and grassroots organizations.
Data Refresh Rate: 
Country / Routes covered: 
Mediterranean; Europe; Middle East; North Africa; Horn of Africa; Western