New figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) show that fewer people are crossing the Mediterranean Sea, but more are perishing on the crossing to Europe.
IOM reports that 288,005 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through September 4, a total that does not include hundreds still on their way to Italian ports after being rescued Sunday and Monday in the Channel of Sicily.
More details: migration flows Europe.
‘Humanitarian vessel mission
‘Responder’ docked in the Sicilian port of Augusta early on Wednesday (September 7), carrying 354 rescued migrants as well as the bodies of five women and two men found by rescuers lifeless on their overcrowded boat.
‘Responder’, operated jointly by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and the Red Cross, also rescued 183 of the migrants on Monday (September 5), not far from the Libyan coast.
Libyan naval attack on charity ship adds new danger to migrant rescue https://t.co/QBKMTCPR9u— Refugee Aware (@RefugeeAware) September 7, 2016
Police question migrants
Good weather has meant many more people have been packed onto boats setting sail from Libya.
On board the rescue ship, police officers have questioned migrants to find out more about the people smugglers who may have arranged their trip to Libya.