Migrant deaths top 4600

Over 4600 deaths so far this year.

Migrant boat traffic from Libya to Europe is surging — and turning deadlier

By Michael Birnbaum

Migrants heading to Italy from Libya in leaky boats and inflatable dinghies have broken an annual arrivals record, Italian authorities said this week, underscoring the rising popularity of an increasingly deadly journey that nowadays aims not for land, but for a frigid mid-sea rescue.

The number of boat migrants reaching Italy from North Africa this year surpassed 171,000, topping the previous record of 170,100, set in 2014, the Italian Interior Ministry said Monday.

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Source: washingtonpost.com

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