Long Road to Identifying Dead Migrants

Currently, Europe has no centralized system for identifying the bodies of migrants, who often travel without documentation, nor for informing their families in their countries of origin, writes IRIN.

  • Africa:  Better Management of Dead and Missing Migrants Needed in Europe

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 28 July 2014

    As the number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching southern Europe's shores this year continues to climb - to about 75,000 at last count - so too does the death toll from ... read more »

  • Africa:  Scores of Migrants Murdered On Smuggler's Boat

    Voice of America, 25 July 2014

    Survivors of a vessel smuggling migrants from Libya to Italy last week describe tales of brutality and mass murder during their voyage. The International Organization for Migration ... read more »

  • Africa:  UN Agency Urges Europe to Act to Stop Rising Refugee, Migrant Deaths At Sea

    UN News Service, 24 July 2014

    In the wake of recent tragedies, the United Nations refugee agency today called on European countries to take urgent action to stop the rising number of deaths among refugees and ... read more »

  • Africa:  UN Urges Europe to Step up Efforts to Help Migrants

    Voice of America, 24 July 2014

    The U.N. refugee agency is calling for "urgent" action from European countries to help reduce the number of deaths among migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. read more »

  • Africa:  Should International Refugee Law Accommodate Climate Change?

    UN News Service, 3 July 2014

    Can the United Nations help to protect people seeking safety abroad if their homes and jobs are destroyed by prolonged drought, rising sea levels or other climate change-related ... read more »

  • Africa:  Urgent European Action Needed to Stop Rising Refugee and Migrant Deaths At Sea - UNHCR

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 24 July 2014

    More than 800 people have died this year alone in the Mediterranean, many of them seeking safety from conflict and civil war read more »

  • Africa:  Inside the Head of a Migrant

    SciDev.Net, 21 July 2014

    The strapline of a recent news article in The Economist claims "a wave of unaccompanied children swamps the debate over immigration" in the United States. The story reports that ... read more »

  • Africa:  19 Migrants Die in Mediterranean Sea

    Voice of America, 19 July 2014

    Italian rescuers say at least 19 people have died trying to reach Italy on an overcrowded migrant boat. read more »

  • Africa:  Talking to a Rooftop Refugee

    The Daily Vox, 14 July 2014

    Dressed in a lilac golf shirt and blue jeans, Adam is a far cry from other fearless cap and keffiyeh wearing refugees waving from the roof of Gerhart-Hauptmann School in Berlin's ... read more »

  • Africa:  EU Migration Policies Put Lives and Rights At Risk

    Amnesty International, 9 July 2014

    In their determination to seal off their borders, the European Union and its member states are putting the lives and rights of refugees and migrants at risk, Amnesty International ... read more »

  • Africa:  Sinking Hope As Europe Draws Up Ramparts

    Fahamu, 26 June 2014

    Europe has transformed itself into a fortress, with anti-immigration legislation a centrepiece of foreign and domestic policy. Stringent visa regimes, among other restrictions, ... read more »


Heading for Europe? (file photo).