20,000 migrants could die in Mediterranean in 2015

Migrants after being rescued, arriving to Palerm, Sicília. Photo: UNHCR / F. Malavolta

Up to 20,000 people could die crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2015 if the international community does not take action to stem the flow of migrants, a senior UN official has warned.

Many of the deaths have occurred as a result of unseaworthy boats operated by people traffickers.

Migrants are fleeing insecurity and poverty in Africa.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

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