The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said 2016 proves to be a particularly deadly year for migrants and refugees using the Mediterranean route to reach Europe.
According to the organization, the death rate on this route is as high as about one in 80.
SOUNDBITE 1 (English) WILLIAM SPINDLER, Spokesperson of UNHCR
“Thus far 2016 is proving to be particularly deadly. Some 2,510 lives have been lost so far compared to 1,855 in the same period in 2015 and 57 in the first five months of 2014. On a Mediterranean-wide basis, the odds of being among the dead are currently one in 81.”
Last year, more than 3,700 migrants died in the Mediterranean, a figure that could be surpassed this year.