High risk of shipwrecks
The Guardian said many people seeking asylum are continuing to depart from North Africa in an attempt to reach Europe, but without NGO assistance, shipwrecks are likely to rise dramatically. It said when the same situation occurred from 28 June to 8 July, an estimated over 300 migrants drowned.
According to the IOM, 2,383 migrants died in the Mediterranean in 2017, with over 100,000 registered arrivals of migrants or asylum seekers in Italy.
In the first eight months of 2018, the number of victims has fallen to 1,130, but there have only been 20,319 arrivals thus far.
Accusations against Italy
In recent days, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet announced in Geneva that UN personnel would be sent to Italy, and that the Italian government has denied entry to NGO rescue ships. "This type of political behavior and other recent developments have devastating consequences for many already vulnerable people. Even though the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean has gone down, the death rate for those who undertook the crossing in the first six months of the year was higher than in the past," she said.