Majority of known deaths in the last two years have occurred in the Mediterranean region
The rate of death across the central Mediterranean route, we estimate is approximately one in 23 person
The Turkey-EU agreement intended to provide legal migrant routes to Europe has largely choked off the eastern Mediterranean Sea route from Turkey to Greece
GENEVA- A report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) found at least 60,000 migrants died or disappeared at sea or on land routes over the past two decades. IOM considers the real number to be much higher because many bodies are never found or identified.
The report said the majority of known deaths in the last two years have occurred in the Mediterranean region. The International Organization for Migration estimates 5,400 migrants globally died or were recorded as missing in 2015.
This year, IOM has documented more than 3,400 migrant deaths worldwide. Director of IOM’S Global Migration Data Analysis Center Frank Laczko said more than 80 percent of the deaths were people attempting to reach Europe by sea.
“The rate of death across the central Mediterranean route, we estimate is approximately one in 23 persons,” he said. “The one in 23 persons who have tried to cross the central Mediterranean have died or are unaccounted for among migrants this year, which is a shocking statistic.”
The Turkey-EU agreement intended to provide legal migrant routes to Europe has largely choked off the eastern Mediterranean Sea route from Turkey to Greece. So most migrants are making the dangerous sea crossing from Libya to Italy. Laczko said the risk of death on the route has increased, but the actual volume of people crossing the Mediterranean has not increased as much as expected.
He told VOA there has not been a substantial increase in the number of people coming from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
“There has been fears that with the closing of the eastern Mediterranean route, we would see substantial increases in migrants turning to the central Mediterranean route,” he said. “It still seems to be predominantly dominated by migrants from sub-Saharan African countries.”
Laczko said about 10 percent are from Nigeria, another 10 percent from Eritrea and most of the remaining migrants are from West and East Africa. He noted migrant death rates in southeast Asia are as high as those in the Mediterranean, though the volume of people crossing the sea in that region is lower. (VOA)
Toronto: The man found dead in an accident in the Newton area of the city is an Indian-Canadian man who was allegedly involved in the local drug trade, police in the Canadian city of Surrey said.
Police found Lucky Dhanoa on March 11 in a car that hit a tree. Dhanoa was allegedly involved in the local drug trade and was found with drugs and money at the time of his death, The Link reported on Saturday.
The incident took place in a residential area in the Newton area of Surrey in British Columbia on March 11.
Police found Dhanoa inside the vehicle with injuries “inconsistent with a car crash,” the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said in a release Saturday.
Police said that fatal injuries of the deceased were “inconsistent” with a car crash and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was looking into the ‘suspicious’ death, CBC News reported.
“We are in the evidence gathering stage at this time,” Sergeant Stephanie Ashton said last week. (Inputs from Agencies)
New Delhi: The lone survivor of Feb 3 incident at Siachen avalanche Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who was also called as miracle soldier after being found alive under snow and ice where he was stuck for six days, passed away on Thursday.
Koppad was admitted in Army Hospital, where he fought for life for two days.
He took his last breath at 11:45 on Thursday morning confirmed an Army statement.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Koppad leaves us sad and devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India.”
He leaves us sad & devastated. RIP Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. The soldier in you remains immortal. Proud that martyrs like you served India.