42,974 sea migrant arrivals in 2017, 962 deaths - IOM (2)

(ANSA) - Geneva, April 21 - Some 42.974 migrants have arrived by sea in Europe since the start of the year and 962 have died on the way, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said Friday. Some 85% of the arrivals were registered in Italy (36,703) and the highest number of deaths, 898, was seen on the central Mediterranean route. Italy bears the brunt of migrants arriving by sea from Libya.