3,000 migrants died in Mediterranean this year

3,000 migrants died in Mediterranean this year

More than 3,000 migrants and refugees have died crossing the Mediterranean in a desperate bid to reach Europe's shores since the start of the year, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. The figure so far represents a 40 percent drop compared to last year's record of 5,000 known or suspected drownings. "That mark (was) probably passed sometime over last weekend," when more than 30 migrants died off the coast of Libya, IOM spokesman Joel Millman told reporters in Geneva.

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