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    Over 80 Migrants Missing After Boat Sinks off Libyan Coast – IOM

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    More than 80 refugees are missing after a migrant boat sank off the Libyan Coast, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Over 80 asylum seekers are missing after a migrant boat sank off the Libyan Coast, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said Saturday.

    Late on Friday, the Italian coast guard reportedly received a call from a satellite phone that helped locate the sinking boat and called on the cargo ship to help save the migrants.

    The IOM have gathered testimonies from the saved refugees on the Italian island of Lampedusa where they were taken after the boat had sank.

    The European Union is currently struggling to manage an enormous refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. More than 3,770 deaths of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea were recorded in 2015, according to the IOM.

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