Between January and September 2021, over one thousand people were estimated to have died in the attempt to cross the Central Mediterranean route.
2016 was the year in which the number of deaths on the Central Mediterranean Route peaked. In fact, about 4.6 thousand migrants died in the Central Mediterranean Sea in 2016. This route includes the crossing from North Africa to Italy, and Malta. The main departing country is Libya, while Tunisia, Egypt, and East Algeria represent minor departing shores.