U.N. Says 3,400 Migrants Died Crossing Mediterranean In 2014
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said Wednesday the world must do more to mitigate deaths of migrants traveling to safety by sea.By Christian Bryant | December 10, 2014
Violent conflicts in Ukraine and parts of the Middle East have led to hundreds of thousands of refugees taking flight to other countries for safety this year.
But the routes taken to those other countries can be treacherous. The United Nations Refugee Agency reported Wednesday thousands have died just this year attempting to travel to safety by sea. And the Mediterranean is the most dangerous sea route of all.
According to the U.N., more than 200,000 people have made Mediterranean sea crossings this year — that's triple the number from 2011. Of those 200,000 people, nearly 3,500 have died along the way. (Video via Google Earth)