Missing Migrants Project tracks deaths of migrants, including refugees , who have gone missing along mixed migration routes worldwide. The research behind this project began with the October 2013 tragedies, when at least 368 individuals died in two shipwrecks near the Italian island of Lampedusa. Since then, Missing Migrants Project has developed into an important hub and advocacy source of information that media, researchers, and the general public access for the latest information.

With a count surpassing 60,000 over the last two decades, IOM calls on all the world’s governments to address what it describes as “an epidemic of crime and abuse."

“Our message is blunt: migrants are dying who need not.

It is time to do more than count the number of deaths.

It is time to engage the world to stop this violence

against desperate migrants.”

-IOM Director General William Lacy Swing,

Missing Migrants Project is a joint initiative of IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) and Media and Communications Division (MCD). GMDAC, has also published two reports on this issue: Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost during Migration and Fatal Journeys Volume 2: Identification and Tracing of Dead and Missing Migrants.

This second volume in the series has two main objectives. First, it provides in-depth analysis of available data on migrant deaths for 2015. Data on the number and profile of dead and missing migrants are presented for different regions of the world, drawing upon the data collected through Missing Migrants Project. Second, the report examines the challenges facing families and authorities seeking to identify and trace missing migrants. The study compares practices in different parts of the world and identifies a number of innovative measures that could potentially be replicated elsewhere.


Download the report "Fatal Journeys" here
Download the latest report "Fatal Journeys  Volume 2" here





Missing Migrants Project is made possible by funding from the United Kingdom.




Missing Migrants Project by International Organization for Migration (IOM) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://missingmigrants.iom.int