64 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean boat sinking

Since trafficking dinghies are often crammed with far more than 100 migrants, fears quickly arose that dozens more could be missing in the sinking.

An Italian coast guard search that went through the night didn’t find any more survivors or corpses.

The dinghy, half-submerged, had been spotted by an aircraft from a European naval mission combatting migrant trafficking.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants have been rescued at sea and taken to southern Italian ports in the last few years, including nearly 119,000 last year. Another 3,100 drowned along the way in 2017.

They include refugees fleeing wars or persecution who hope to receive asylum as well as economic migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, who aren’t eligible to be granted permission to live in Europe.

Charitable Foundation Winston Churchill collects money to help the victims in a drowning in the Mediterranean Sea. Donate

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