Health Desk: 2nd Nov’18: At least 56,800 refugees and migrants have died or gone missing since 2014, almost double the number recorded by the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), an investigation by the Associated Press news agency has said. The IOM’s tally, which mainly focuses mostly on migrants heading to Europe, stood at 28,500 as of October 1.
An additional 28,300 people had either died or gone missing according to data it compiled from international groups, forensic records, missing persons reports, death records, and interviews with migrants and refugees, according to the Associated Press reported on Thursday.
As an example, the AP said that when 800 people died in an April 2015 shipwreck off the coast of Italy, Italian investigators had pledged to identify them and find their families. More than three years later, under a new populist government, funding for this work was being cut off.
Beyond Europe, the AP said information on the fate of migrants was even scarcer.