| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

More than 3,000 people lost in sea crossings to Europe in 2021, U.N. report says

More than 3,000 refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers died or went missing last year while attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean and Atlantic water routes, according to a United Nations refugee agency report released on Friday.

UNHCR’s Shabia Mantoo told a news briefing in Geneva the 2021 figure represented nearly twice the number of lives lost in the previous year.

“We are seeing the increases soar,” she said. “It’s alarming.”

  • Reuters