90 migrants dead as boat capsizes off Libya coast

90 migrants dead as boat capsizes off Libya coast

The International Organization for Migration is working to get more details of the incident and look for the best ways to assist survivors, Headon said.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement that 10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores. The bodies are of two Libyan citizens and eight Pakistanis. Last year, it was 254 for the same period. Two survivors swam to shore, and a fishing boat rescued another, the agency's Olivia Headon said.

Serbian authorities say they have removed dozens of migrants from Belgrade's streets and transferred them to migrant centers. A spokesperson for IOM said Pakistanis were increasingly trying to make the perilous crossing to Italy.

Since the start of January, 240 have arrived in Italy, compared with nine during the first month of 2017. About 250 people died in the crossing in January, six fewer than a year ago.

More than 1 million migrants entered the continent in 2015, many of them fleeing war and conflict in countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.


It attributed the reduction to stricter border controls.

More than 600,000 people are believed to have made the journey from Libya to Italy over the past four years.

The U.N. migration agency said in January, more than 6,600 migrants traveled to Europe by boat and almost 250 are believed to be dead or missing.

So the nmbers are comparable but this year's figures still represent a considerable bounce-back following a dramatic fall over the second half of 2017, the IOM told the BBC.

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