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Migrant Death Rates at Sea Continue to Climb

The number of migrants and asylum seekers from Libya to the European Union has dropped, but the proportion lost at sea has increased, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported on Monday. Reportedly, in the first half of...

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The number of migrants and asylum seekers from Libya to the European Union has dropped, but the proportion lost at sea has increased, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported on Monday. Reportedly, in the first half of the year, one person died for every 18 who arrived in Europe via the central Mediterranean route. For the same period in 2017 the figure was one death for every 42 arrivals. Since the spike in deaths is linked to the decrease in search and rescue operations, the statistics seemingly contradict the EU's claim that that the safety of refugees and migrants remains its top priority.