Independent Journalists at “Migrant Files” Challenge European Union’s Numbers of Migrant Casualties

“‘Migrant Files’: The EU’s Refugee Victims,” by Jeanette Seiffert for Deutsche-Welle:

In October 2013, 360 migrants drowned off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. In February of this year, 15 people died attempting to swim to the Spanish enclave Ceuta in Marocco. It is usually prominent cases like these that draw public attention to the refugee tragedies that take place on the EU’s borders.

But the tragedies don’t stop happening when no one is looking. There is hardly any information or any reliable data about how many people die on their way to Europe in an overcrowded refugee boat on the Mediterranean Sea or in an attempt to cross one of the border fences, which are supposed to keep migrants out of Spanish enclaves in Africa. In order to provide such numbers, a group of journalists from various European countries has now attempted to collate data from all the known cases…

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