12 May 2015

News: Launch of EU Border Deaths Database

The Human Costs of Border Control (HCBC) is a research project based at VU University in Amsterdam. One of its aims is to investigate the relationship between migrant mortality and European border policies. The first stage of this effort involved collecting data from official sources (such as death certificates) from Spain, Gibraltar, Italy, Malta and Greece.  (Other projects that track migrant deaths have primarily relied on media reports for their data sources.) These data were then input into the Deaths at the Borders Database for the Southern EU which was made available for public use today.  A more simplified visualization version was also developed.

Visit the project site for more information, and read the preliminary findings and policy conclusions for analysis of the data.  Highlights of the research are reported in this Reuters article.

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