More than 1,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, the UN has revealed.
UN refugee agency UNHCR said the ‘bleak milestone’ had been reached for the sixth year in a row after a weekend which saw at least 12 migrants killed when their inflatable boat sank off Morocco.
More than half the deaths this year have come on the ‘central Mediterranean’ route towards Italy and Malta.
In fact, that route represents around 68 per cent of the deaths in 2019, even though it makes up only 14 per cent of arrivals, according to UN figures.
In all, more than 68,000 people have attempted the Mediterranean crossing in the first nine months of 2019, with nearly 9,000 in the last month alone.
Of the 1,000 deaths this year, more than 650 have come on the ‘central’ route towards Italy and Malta.
Source: Daily Mail