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Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean in November Six Times Higher Than Year Ago

© AFP 2021 / VALERY HACHEFlowers float in the sea after they were thrown into the Mediterranean in honor of the migrants lost making the perilous journey across the sea, on April 28, 2015 in Nice, southeastern France
Flowers float in the sea after they were thrown into the Mediterranean in honor of the migrants lost making the perilous journey across the sea, on April 28, 2015 in Nice, southeastern France - Sputnik International
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The International Organization for Migration has recorded 546 migrant deaths in the Mediterranean this November, compared to 81 during the period 1-17 November 2015.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The record number of migrant deaths, six times higher than in the same month last year, was recorded in the Mediterranean Sea in November following six shipwrecks earlier this week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday.

"These six latest incidents mean that IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has already recorded 546 migrant deaths in the Mediterranean this November, compared to 81 during the period 1-17 November 2015. This means that migrant deaths in November 2016 are over 6 times higher than the number of deaths recorded in November last year," the IOM report read.

The six shipwrecks resulted in 20 deaths and 350 people missing, presumed dead, according to the report. This brought the number of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea so far in 2016 to record 4,621 in comparison with 3,777 migrants deaths last year.

A man holds himself on the side of a boat after jumping into the sea from a crowded wooden boat during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. - Sputnik International
Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean Highlight EU's Immigration Divisions
Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their crisis-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty.

The majority of them cross the Mediterranean Sea and arrive in the European Union using southern EU nations as transit points. The overall number of migrants that arrived to Europe by sea in 2016 stands for 343,589, according to the IOM.

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