Animated visualization showing a 17-year period of migrant fatalities in the Sea.

Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea: 2000-2017

Migrants have been dying in the Mediterranean since at least the 1980s but the year 2000 is considered a benchmark year when Europe really started building up border control in response to the phenomenon. In many cases these actions largely displaced the problem from one country to the next. This map plots tragic incidents of migrants and refugees who died trying to reach Europe by sea. Press play to see the accidents unfold but you can pause and look for the description of a specific event on the side bar.