curated by the MEDreport editorial team
In April, the number of people who found themselves forced to flee, to cross the Mediterranean and who managed to arrive in Italy was 1,296.
A number, this, lower when compared with the arrivals of the previous month: 2,439 had arrived.
Among the people who arrived in this second month of the year there are 348 unaccompanied minors.
The Mediterranean Sea continues to be a place where more and more people, fleeing wars and persecutions, meet death.
In the first fourteen days of March, over seventy people drowned off the coast of Libya. “I am shocked – said Sara Msehli, spokesperson for the UN agency for migration – by the continuing loss of life in the central Mediterranean and by the lack of action to tackle this ongoing tragedy.
Continuous daily death reports: on 12 March a fragile boat carrying 25 people capsized near the Libyan coast of Tobruk. IOM continues to call for “concrete action to reduce the loss of life on the Central Mediterranean route through search and rescue activities and a safe landing mechanism in accordance with international law”.
More than half of the deaths this year were recorded near the Libyan coast. “Every report – explains Federico Soda, head of mission IOM Libya – of missing migrants represents a family in mourning in search of answers about their loved ones”.
Here the full report for April 2022 (link to download):