IOM: migrant deaths top 32,000 since 2014

The International Organization for Migration says more than 32,000 migrants worldwide have died or gone missing between 2014 and 2018, with most fatalities occurring on the deadly Mediterranean Sea crossing from North Africa to Europe.

The UN migration agency says its global figures underestimate the true extent of the problem, as many migrant deaths are never reported and many bodies are never recovered. Nevertheless, researchers say the statistics paint a very grim picture of the perils awaiting the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants risking their lives in search of protection or a better life.

A related report recently released by IOM and UNICEF focuses on the growing number of children embarking on dangerous migrant journeys. 1,600 children, about one every day, were reported dead or missing between 2014 and 2018. Researchers say the full extent of this tragedy is unknown, as many of these migrant child deaths go unrecorded.

Source: VOV5