Mediterranean migrant deaths reach record level in 2016

Oct 27, 2016 | Archives, Globally

This year has become the deadliest for migrants crossing the Mediterranean bound for Europe, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday, with those seeking to make the journey from Libya at greatest risk.

“We can now confirm that at least 3,800 people have died, making 2016 the deadliest ever,” William Spindler, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees,¬†wrote on Twitter.

According to UN Radio, 3,771 lives were lost during 2015, the previous highest number.

“This is the worst we have seen,” Spindler told journalists at a briefing Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland, as the grim record for 2016 loomed.

[Full Article – 10/26/16]

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