A Migrant boat sinks near Greece. At least seven people died on Tuesday after a ship loaded with migrants sank off the Greek island of Lesbos, the coastguards reported.
At least seven people died on Tuesday after a ship loaded with migrants sank off the Greek island of Lesbos, AFP told coastguards. Assisted by a patrol of the European Union (Frontex), the coastguard said they have rescued 57 people and continue their search.
No information was provided on the nationality of the missing. Four women, one man and two girls are among the victims, the coastguard said. More than 300 people have died since the beginning of 2019 trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). About 70,000 migrants and refugees – mostly Syrians – who have left their countries since 2015 are now in Greece.
A controversial agreement between the EU and Turkey signed in 2016 has significantly reduced the number of boat arrivals on the Greek islands. These were 875,000 in 2015, compared to 40,000 per year for 2017 and 2018, according to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex.