Mapping Fatal Migration Incidents in the Mediterranean
The Migrants' Files project was launched in 2013 by a group of European journalists and researchers who joined forces to quantify the deaths of immigrants seeking refuge in Europe and identify the locations of these tragedies on maps.* Note: This is an ongoing project. The data listed here is only a partial listing of reported incidents and should not be viewed as definitive.
The blue waters of the Mediterranean have become a bloodbath for desperate immigrants seeking refuge in the European Union. Over the past 15 years, the number of accidents has soared. Fleeing strife in their home countries, men, women and children from dozens of countries have contracted with smugglers for a dangerous passage to safety in Southern Europe. The largest number come from Syria and Eritrea.
The smugglers often charge the migrants many thousands of dollars and load the boats to the point of bursting. Any rough weather can result in distress calls or capsize. The smugglers provide the distress number of the Italian and Maltese Navies as a tenuous lifeline and fallback to the migrants. This has overwhelmed the naval resources of these two countries, who respond several times per week (at a minimum) to distress calls. Sometimes the navies contact merchant vessels located nearby. Far too often, help does not arrive before many migrants die. This Silk contains data telling the story of the migrants' flight and the horrific toll exacted.
Dead and Missing Migrants: 2015 Events
Most Recent Events
Number of Events datacards with Died in Detention Center/Refugee Camp as Type of Death grouped by Type of Death
Migrants Deaths in Detention Centers / Refugee Camps: Latest 10 Events
Events datacards with Died in Detention Center/Refugee Camp as Type of Death grouped by Location - Country
Number of Events datacards grouped by Type of Death