Close to 20,000 migrant deaths recorded in the Mediterranean since 2014 [infographic]

Tracking Migration in Africa

iWatch Africa assessment of data provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) can confirm that an estimated 17,000 migrants have died since 2014 as a result of attempts to reach Europe through the Mediterranean.

The data also revealed that over 9000 of these migrants were of African origin. Though the death rate has reduced in the last two years, recorded death figures as at July 2018 indicates that over 2000 migrants have died this year alone compared to the over 6000 deaths in 2017.

In 2018, 95 percent of deaths recorded were attributed to drowning or perceived drowning with the other causes of deaths attributed to hypothermia and cardiac arrest.

So far, the African Union has failed to come up with a comprehensive strategy to stem the flow of migrants into Europe which would have helped prevent these deaths. The European Union has also struggled to agree on a solution to the migration crisis that has engulfed the continent.

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Report by Gideon Sarpong | iWatch Africa

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.

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