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Desperate Journeys report

Refugees and migrants arriving in Europe and at Europe’s borders (January–December 2018)
Libya. Rescued at sea

The report notes a sharp rise in the death rate of refugees and migrants attempting the journey to Europe by boat in the past year. It shows an estimated 2,275 people perished in the Mediterranean Sea in 2018 – an average of six deaths every day.

This horrifying death toll took place despite a significant decline – for a third year in a row – in the number of people arriving in Europe.

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Press conference with the High Commissioner

Date/Time: 30 January, 11:00 CET
Location: Brussels, Press Club Brussels Europe

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Report (web version)




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