IOM’s Missing Migrants Project tracks deaths of migrants and those who have gone missing along migratory routes across the globe. The research behind the project began following two shipwrecks off the coast of Lampedusa in October 2013, in which nearly 400 migrants lost their lives. Since then, Missing Migrants Project has developed into an important hub of data and information, which is used widely by media, policy-makers, and researchers. Missing Migrants Project hosts the only existing global database on migrant deaths.

At least 5,600 migrants around the world lost their lives while migrating in 2015. About 3,770 of these deaths occurred in the Mediterranean, which has seen a devastating spike in deaths in the past two years. Missing Migrants Project collaborates with various government and non-government entities to collect data, and also draws on media and other available sources of information.

The outcomes of the Missing Migrant Project include:

  • The Missing Migrants online database and website with data and information on missing and dead migrants around the world
  • Regular infographics, policy briefs and an annual report on migrant deaths
  • Expert seminars on issues of concern, including on identification and tracing of dead and missing migrants
  • Network-building to collect better quality data and to advocate for better management of the dead, improved identification of the dead, and support to families of the missing

Recorded dead and missing migrants around the world, 2015

Source: IOM Missing Migrants Project. Data obtained from local authorities (coast guards, sheriff’s offices, medical examiners), interviews with survivors provided by IOM field offices, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and media reports.

Please visit http://missingmigrants.iom.int/ for more information and updates.

This project is funded in part by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.