Who we are
Who we areMissing Migrants Project is an initiative implemented since 2014 by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to document deaths and disappearances of people in the process of migration towards an international destination. As collecting information is challenging, all figures remain undercounted. The locations in most cases are approximate. Each number represents a person, as well as the family and community that they leave behind.
DataThe Missing Migrants Project dataset represents incidents in which a person lost their life during migration to an international destination. The figures shown throughout are best understood as a minimum estimate of the true number of people’s lives lost during migration worldwide.
Families of Missing Migrants
Families of Missing MigrantsFor every person included in the Missing Migrants Project data, there is a family awaiting news of their loved one and affected by their loss in a multitude of ways. The impacts of migrant deaths and disappearances on their families left behind are profound and complex, and solutions are urgently needed to address families’ many unmet needs.
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KEY STATISTICS SINCE 2014
Missing Migrants Project has recorded
the deaths of
the deaths of
people since 2014.
The remains of
26,363people who lost their lives during migration have not
The most deadly route is the
route, where at least
people have died since 2014.
Cause of Death
8,867 Mixed or unknown
2,045 Sickness / lack of access to adequate healthcare
904 Accidental death
5,800 Vehicle accident / death linked to hazardous transport
4,077 Harsh environmental conditions / lack of adequate shelter, food, water