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Posted by Alessandra Potenza

More than 2,000 immigrants have died so far in 2011 in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe from Africa. The number goes up to 17,856 in the last 20 years.
The data was gathered by Gabriele del Grande, an Italian journalist and author who has been collecting information about immigration for years and has published it on his personal blog Fortress Europe.

In the last few months, after the beginning of the Arab spring, more and more people began to flee North Africa in search of security. Immigrants often travel in overcrowded boats, in inhumane conditions. When the boats sink there’s little to do to save their lives.

To read the article on La Repubblica, click here.