A total of 2,856 refugees and migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year while trying to reach Europe, International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said.
IOM’s total estimate of fatalities has risen since earlier this week due to new data from Spain indicating that at least 40 migrants have perished in Western Mediterranean waters since the start of this year.
The worst incident IOM has learned of occurred in early March, when 20 migrants who left North Africa are believed to have drowned when their craft foundered.
IOM has also learned of incidents in April and May, in which fatalities of six and five migrants, respectively, were reported.
Looking at these figures, the question that comes to mind is: why can’t European authorities act to stop migrant deaths in Mediterranean?