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Timeline for fatal Mediterranean migrant crossings

The latest such tragedy occurred on Sunday when dozens of migrants perished after being shipwrecked off southern Italy.

The central Mediterranean has seen more than 20,000 deaths and missing persons since 2014, making it the most perilous migrant passage in the entire globe.

According to information gathered by the UN’s Missing Migrants Project, below is a timeline of some of the deadliest shipwrecks that have occurred in the area over the previous eight years.

The number of deceased refers to bodies that have been found. Oftentimes, survivors will disclose the number of missing. They are typically reported missing and assumed dead.

When a boat they had been on in the Turkish port of Izmir capsizes close to the southern Italian seaside town of Crotone, 81 people survive.

February 14: 18 dead, 55 missing, 7 survivors when boat capsized east of Qasr Al-Akhyar, Libya