2014-03-30

The Migrants Files is a project by a European consortium of journalists that aims at precisely assessing the number of men, women and children that died as a result of EU Member States migration policies.

Financed by Journalismfund.eu, the team of journalists started putting together all the data available on migrants casualties since 2000. Publications include Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Zürich), Sydsvenskan (Malmö), L’Espresso (Rome), Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris), RadioBubble (Athens) and El Confidencial (Madrid).

What they found out:

  • By aggregating sources together, they showed that the number of sourced dead and missing migrants is 50% higher than current estimates.
  • Mortality rates between migration routes vary widely, from 2% in the Canaries to 6% near Malta and Lampedusa. EU Member States constantly close the routes with low mortality, pushing migrants towards the more dangerous ones.
  • No EU Member State or EU institution has data on migrants death. For some Member States, dead migrants “aren’t migrating anymore, so why care?”, in the words of a public official.
  • When it comes to talking of “lives saved” and security of migrations, politician and border guards engage in shameless lies and whitewashing of their activities and programs, renaming surveillance and push-back activity into search and rescue operations.

(Photos © UNHCR A. Rodrigez)

Nicolas Kayser-Bril

Nicolas Kayser-Bril is a French journalist based in Berlin. He is a data journalist and co-founder and CEO of Journalism++.

Jens Finnäs

Jens Finnäs is a Swedish journalist.

Sylke Gruhnwald

Sylke Gruhnwald is a Swis journalist.

Jean-Marc Manach

Jean-Marc Manach is a French journalist.

Andrea Nelson Mauro

Andrea Nelson Mauro is an Italian journalist based in Bologna. He works as a freelance journalist and web developer, co-founded DataNinja and is a member of Spaghetti Open Data.

Alessio Cimarelli

Alessio Cimarelli is an Italian journalist based in Bologna. He works as a freelance journalist and web developer, co-founded DataNinja and is a member of Spaghetti Open Data.

Daniele Grasso

Daniele Grasso is a Spanish journalist based in Madrid. He works as an Investigative journalist at El Confidencial.

Katerina Stavroula

Katerina Stavroula is a Greek journalist.

Supported
Grant of €7.280, awarded on 28/11/2013
ID
2013/145
Grant
European Cross-border Grants
Tags
  • Data Journalism
  • Europe
  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Politics

ONLINE

TV

PRINT

  • Neue Zürcher Zeitung (CH)
  • L'espresso (IT)
  • Sydsvenskan (SE)
  • Le Monde Diplomatique (FR)
  • De Groene Amsterdammer (NL): 'De dodelijke grenzen van Europa', 5 May 2014