The number of refugees and migrants who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean in the first half of 2023 is the highest since 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

In total, at least 1,874 people lost their lives or are ignored against the first six months of the year, according to IOM data. Last year in the same period it was 1,108.

In 2017, at least 2,278 migrants drowned in the three Mediterranean sea routes, compared to 2,946 in 2016, according to IOM data.

In total, at least 27,633 people have lost their lives in the maritime refugee routes of the Mediterranean since 2014, according to the clues. This UN agency emphasizes that the real numbers are probably higher.

The worst tragedy so far this year it is the sinking of the boat off Pylos in May where hundreds of people lost their lives, although the exact number is not known.