W. African migrants dying in far greater numbers in the Sahara – IOM

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The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Thursday warned that West African migrants trying to reach Europe are dying in far greater numbers in the Sahara than in the Mediterranean. The UN agency said, so far this year, 2,569 migrant deaths have been recorded in the central Mediterranean, while more than 107,000 migrants, mainly West Africans, have reached Italy. “One thing we still don’t have is any estimate of number of deaths in the desert,” Richard Danziger, the UN IOM director for West and Central Africa, told a news conference in Geneva.

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