25 dead after mi­grant boat sinks off Libya

The Sunday Guardian - - World - REUTERS

pack them into flimsy in­flat­able boats that of­ten break down or sink. Most mi­grants are picked up by in­ter­na­tional ves­sels and taken to Italy, where more than 115,000 have landed so far this year, al­though an in­creas­ing num­ber are in­ter­cepted by Libya’s Euro­pean-backed coastguard and re­turned to the North African coun­try. Since July, there has been a sharp drop in cross­ings, though this week has seen a re­newed surge in de­par­tures. Nearly 3,000 mi­grants are known to have died or be miss­ing after try­ing to cross to Europe by sea this year, the ma­jor­ity of them be­tween Libya and Italy. The In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion said on Fri­day that since 2000 the Mediter­ranean had been “by far the world’s dead­li­est bor­der”.

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