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 20 May 2024.
Africa 14,787
Year Dead/Missing
2024 401
2023 1,867
2022 1,031
2021 1,802
2020 1,274
2019 1,911
2018 1,467
2017 1,673
2016 1,778
2015 984
The Americas 9,365
Year Dead/Missing
2024 381
2023 1,275
2022 1,465
2021 1,323
2020 798
2019 856
2018 596
2017 678
2016 746
2015 527
Asia 7,364
Year Dead/Missing
2024 106
2023 1,568
2022 1,183
2021 794
2020 574
2019 414
2018 189
2017 533
2016 206
2015 944
Europe 1,166
Year Dead/Missing
2024 59
2023 158
2022 164
2021 135
2020 85
2019 160
2018 117
2017 59
2016 65
2015 142
Mediterranean 29,720
Year Dead/Missing
2024 866
2023 3,105
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 2,708
Year Dead/Missing
2024 10
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
65,110
people since 2014.
drownning
The remains of
26,973
people who lost their lives during migration have not
been recovered.
route
The most deadly route is the
Central Mediterranean
route, where at least
23,394
people have died since 2014.

Cause of Death

Mixed or unknown icon 9,484 Mixed or unknown
Violence 4,404 Violence
Sickness / lack of access to adequate healthcare 2,072 Sickness / lack of access to adequate healthcare
accident 919 Accidental death
Vehicle accident icon 5,899 Vehicle accident / death linked to hazardous transport
Harsh environmental conditions icon 4,268 Harsh environmental conditions / lack of adequate shelter, food, water
Drowning 38,064 Drowning

Fatalities by Month