Deaths of migrants on the Eastern Mediterranean Route 2014-2020

Between January and February 2020, 63 people died in the attempt to cross the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. In 2019, 71 migrants died by crossing this route. After the Central route, the Eastern Mediterranean Sea registered the second highest number of fatalities.
Moreover, 2015 was the year in which the number of deaths on the Eastern Mediterranean Route peaked. In this year, 803 migrants died in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The Eastern Mediterranean route includes migration flows from Turkey to Greece and Cyprus. According to the source, more information is available about the Eastern route compared to the Western and Central ones. In the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, bodies are more often brought to land than in the Western and Central Sea.

Number of recorded deaths of migrants on the Eastern Mediterranean Route from 2014 to 2020

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Source

Release date

February 2020

Region

Europe, MENA

Survey time period

2014 to 2020

Supplementary notes

*February 10, 2020
The Missing Migrants Project counts migrants who have died in the attempt to migrate to a country different from their country of residence. The count does not include the deaths of people occurred in immigration detention centers as well as deaths occurred after the deportation to the homeland. In addition, the project does not count the deaths of migrants occurred as a result of labor exploitation.

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