IOM's Missing Migrants Project tracks deaths of migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers, who have gone missing along mixed migration routes worldwide. Missing Migrants Project data is used to inform target 10.7.3 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the "number of people who died or disappeared in the process of migration towards an international destination."
With a count surpassing 35,000 lives lost during migration since 2014, IOM calls on all the world’s governments to address what it describes as “an epidemic of crime and abuse."
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. The project is a joint initiative of IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) and Media and Communications Division (MCD). GMDAC has also published several reports on the issue of migrant deaths and disappearances which can be downloaded from our publications page.
Missing Migrants Project is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This means that Missing Migrants Project data are free to share and adapt, as long as the appropriate attribution is given. This includes at minimum stating that the source is "IOM's Missing Migrants Project" and indicating if changes were made to the data. Ideally, a link to this website should also be included.
IOM's Missing Migrants Project is made possible by funding from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and UK Aid from the Government of the United Kingdom; however, the views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the Governments of Switzerland or the United Kingdom.
Missing Migrants Project by International Organization for Migration (IOM) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This means that Missing Migrants Project data and website content is free to share and adapt, as long as the appropriate attribution is given.
IOM's Missing Migrants Project is made possible by funding by UK Aid from the Government of the United Kingdom and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs; however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the Governments of the United Kingdom or Switzerland.