Swallowed by the Sea: A Look at Recent Migrant Ship Deaths

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  • Top Destination
  • Dead At Sea
  • Scores Drown After Boat Sinks
  • Water Graveyards
  • Who's Responsible?
  • Dangerous Waters
  • A Deadly Year
  • Growing Death Tolls
  • Haitian Migrants Perish
  • Scores Dead After Boat Sinks
  • Only Caskets
  • The Gateway
  • Terrible Conditions

Water Graveyards

After drifting aboard a Lampedusa-bound boat for 16 days in open waters, 61 of 72 migrants on board died throughout March and April 2011. Predating this disaster and emphasizing the prevalence of this crisis are the deaths of 50 North African migrants and roughly 283 South Asian migrants in June 2003 and December 1996, near Lampedusa and Portopalo, Sicily, respectively.

(Photo: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

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