Bay of Bengal ‘three times more deadly’ than Mediterranean for migrants and refugees (UN News, 23 February 2016)

Bay of Bengal ‘three times more deadly’ than Mediterranean for migrants and refugees (UN News, 23 February 2016)

Refugees and migrants crossing the seas of Southeast Asia died at a rate three times higher than those in the Mediterranean last year, a new United Nations report has found, highlighting the urgency of greater life-saving cooperation among the affected States. The report, Mixed Maritime Movements in South-East Asia, from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), states that those movements had been “three times more deadly” than in the Mediterranean last year, due largely to mistreatment by smugglers and disease on the boats. Refugees and migrants often employ the same routes, modes of transport, and networks, and their movements are commonly referred to as “mixed movements.”