The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Monday the real number of migrant deaths were far higher than the numbers reported.

The UN Migration Agency in a new report on migrant deaths and disappearances worldwide through its Berlin-based Global Migration Data Analysis Centre said many migrants’ deaths were never recorded.

“Since 2014, more than 23,000 migrant deaths and disappearances have been recorded globally by the IOM. The real number is likely to be much higher as many deaths are never recorded,” IOM said.

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The report is the third volume in IOM’s Fatal Journeys series, which focuses on how to improve data on missing migrants in order to prevent further deaths, and to enable the families left behind to learn more about the fate of their relatives.

“Many families continue to spend years living in limbo, not knowing whether a loved one is alive or dead as so few bodies of missing migrants are identified,” the UN migration agency said.

Fatal Journeys Volume 3: Improving Data on Missing Migrants is published in two parts with part one of the report released on Monday, examining the challenges of collecting data on missing migrants.

Part two of the report to be released in November, provides in-depth regional analysis of the data currently available, IOM said.

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