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More migrant deaths on crossings into Europe

9 February 2018

Despite the winter conditions in the Mediterranean Sea, migrants and refugees continue to make perilous sea crossings from North Africa to reach Europe.

About 90 migrants are believed to have drowned after a boat capsized off Libya. Only three travellers are reported to have survived; two swam ashore while a fishing boat picked up a third. Ten bodies were washed up on the Libyan coast.

During January 2018, 218 people died as they tried to make the crossing from Libya to Italy.

Meanwhile about 20 migrants and refugees are believed to have drowned attempting the crossing from Morocco into Spanish waters. A Spanish ship spotted the bodies and alerted the Moroccan rescue services, which recovered them. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that Spain is now the second most popular point of entry for refugees and migrants coming to Europe this year –1,279 have arrived so far, and a further 4,256 reached Italy.



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