"Irregular migration" claims over 40,000 lives since year 2000

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Abandoned migrant boats lie lifeless opposite the port of Lampedusa, Italy, an island which experiences frequent migration from nearby North Africa. UN Photo/UNHCR/Phil Behan

Governments around the world are been urged by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to address what it describes as "an epidemic of crime and victimization".

A report released by the agency on Monday says that 40,000 people have died since the year 2000 as they tried to reach other countries using smugglers, in desperate search of a better life.

The report entitled "Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost During Migration," released on Monday, identifies Europe as the most dangerous destination for "irregular" migration with over 22,000 deaths.

Patrick Maigua discussed the report with IOM Spokesperson Joel Millman in Geneva.

Duration: 4'55"

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