Missing Migrants Project tracks deaths of migrants and those who have gone missing along migratory routes worldwide. The research behind this project began with the October 2013 tragedies, when at least 368 migrants died in two shipwrecks near the Italian island of Lampedusa. Since then, Missing Migrants Project has developed into an important hub and advocacy source of information that media, researchers, and the general public access for the latest information.
Missing Migrants Project uses statistical data from governments and sources other agencies, as well as NGOs and media.
Besides counting fatalities, Missing Migrants Project is part of a broader effort to engage communities around the world. Following shipwrecks, IOM offices worldwide often receive calls and emails from family members seeking news about their missing relatives, many of whom are feared dead. IOM works with all channels available, partners, authorities, search and rescue and even using social media when appropriate, in order to assist those who come to us in search of missing loved ones.
With a count surpassing 40,000 deaths since 2000, IOM calls on all the world’s governments to address what it describes as “an epidemic of crime and abuse."
Missing Migrants Project is a joint initiative of IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) and Media and Communications Division (MCD). GMDAC, has also published an a report on this issue: “Fatal Journeys: Tracking Lives Lost during Migration”. This report provides the most comprehensive global tally of migrant fatalities for 2014, and estimates deaths over the past 15 years.