Situation Report

November deadliest month for Libyan-Mediterranean crossing in 2020

Migrants and refugees have continued to attempt the Mediterranean Sea crossing, with more than 1,700 people being intercepted at sea and returned to Libya in November. This is a significant increase compared to the same period last year where only 719 were reported to have been intercepted and returned to Libya.

While good weather in early November is likely to have contributed to a higher rate of departure, global economic repercussions in countries of origin and in Libya are a contributing factor in the search for better livelihoods. For 2020, more than 11,800 migrants and refugees have been intercepted at sea and returned.


Since the beginning of the year, at least 900 people have drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach European shores. November has been the deadliest month of the year for migrants trying to cross to Europe from Libya. At least 84 bodies washed ashore this month and 77 people remain missing following a series of deadly shipwrecks.