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Greece shipwreck disaster exposes Europe’s deadly failure

By Jon Henley

15 Jun 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. The central Mediterranean route from Libya or Tunisia to Greece or Italy is the world's deadliest migratory route, with over 21,000 deaths since 2014.

The deaths of as many as 500 people feared drowned in the sinking of an overcrowded fishing boat off southern Greece have once more thrown a spotlight on the world’s deadliest migratory route – and Europe’s failure to tackle one of its greatest challenges.

Since the International Organization for Migration (IoM) launched its missing migrants project in 2014, an estimated 27,000 people trying to reach Europe have been recorded as dead or disappeared while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

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