Europe by road and sea continues to claim many lives.

On Tuesday, the United Nations Agency for Migration, IOM said the number of dead or missing migrants in the Mediterranean has risen above the 3,000 mark for the fourth year in a row.

“In the year to date, 3,033 people are estimated to have lost their lives in attempts to reach southern Europe by sea,” a Spokesman for the UN agency, Joel Millman said in a statement.

The figure includes the death of at least 31 people off the coast of Libya, the death of a 10-year-old Afghan boy near the Greek island of Lesvos, and at least eight people dying on the sea route to Spain.

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Recall that two weeks ago, 26 Nigerian young women met their end in the same Mediterranean.

This has now earned the Mediterranean the unenviable title of the world’s most dangerous migration route.

In 2016 alone, a record 5,413 people died or went missing in sea crossings.

IOM Director-General, William Swing said the latest statistics were another reminder of the need to “manage migration in a way that is safe, regular and secure for all.’’

The agency said that as at Sunday, 163,979 migrants had arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean, with roughly 75% of them landing on Italian shores.

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