Deaths during migration
recorded since 2014, by region of incident

Disclaimer: The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the International Organization for Migration.
Data represent minimum estimates and locations are approximate. The latest incident recorded occurred on 18 February 2024.
Africa 14,389
Year Dead/Missing
2024 21
2023 1,851
2022 1,031
2021 1,800
2020 1,274
2019 1,911
2018 1,467
2017 1,673
2016 1,778
2015 984
The Americas 9,029
Year Dead/Missing
2024 76
2023 1,253
2022 1,463
2021 1,318
2020 798
2019 854
2018 596
2017 678
2016 746
2015 527
Asia 6,908
Year Dead/Missing
2024 4
2023 1,217
2022 1,180
2021 794
2020 574
2019 414
2018 189
2017 533
2016 206
2015 944
Europe 1,112
Year Dead/Missing
2024 9
2023 157
2022 164
2021 131
2020 85
2019 160
2018 118
2017 59
2016 65
2015 142
Mediterranean 29,063
Year Dead/Missing
2024 185
2023 3,129
2022 2,411
2021 2,048
2020 1,449
2019 1,885
2018 2,337
2017 3,139
2016 5,136
2015 4,055
Western Asia 2,701
Year Dead/Missing
2024 3
2023 570
2022 887
2021 99
2020 122
2019 194
2018 302
2017 208
2016 153
2015 98
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DATA

Missing Migrants Project tracks incidents involving migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers, who have died or gone missing in the process of migration towards an international destination.

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Region

Dead and Missing by year

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KEY STATISTICS SINCE 2014

death
Missing Migrants Project has recorded
the deaths of
63,202
people since 2014.
drownning
The remains of
26,363
people who lost their lives during migration have not
been recovered.
route
The most deadly route is the
Central Mediterranean
route, where at least
22,904
people have died since 2014.

Cause of Death

Mixed or unknown icon 8,867 Mixed or unknown
Violence 4,363 Violence
Sickness / lack of access to adequate healthcare 2,045 Sickness / lack of access to adequate healthcare
accident 904 Accidental death
Vehicle accident icon 5,800 Vehicle accident / death linked to hazardous transport
Harsh environmental conditions icon 4,077 Harsh environmental conditions / lack of adequate shelter, food, water
Drowning 37,146 Drowning

Fatalities by Month