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IOM further estimates that between January to September 2014, an estimated 4,077 migrants died attempting to reach destinations around the world. This figure is nearly 70 percent higher than the 2400 deaths recorded last year, suggesting a sharply escalating problem.

Over 40,000 migrants have died worldwide over the last 14 years trying to reach countries where they hope to have a better life, an average of 8 deaths per day, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Over 20,000 of the victims perished trying to cross from Africa to Europe.

The numbers are released in a in a report titled "Fatal Journey: Tracking Lives lost during migration", virtually the most comprehensive ever tally of migrant deaths.

IOM further estimates that between January to September 2014, an estimated 4,077 migrants died attempting to reach destinations around the world. This figure is nearly 70 percent higher than the 2400 deaths recorded last year, suggesting a sharply escalating problem. 

The large majority of the deaths occurred in the Mediterranean making it the deadliest sea in the world for migrants. Most of the victims travel from sub Saharan Africa, Horn of Africa, Middle East and North Africa.  Several victims from sub Saharan Africa reportedly died in the desert travelling through Sudan to Northern Africa. A few others died while attempting to cross the red sea and Gulf of Aden, the report reads.

The demand by sub Saharan Africa migrants to move north has been predominantly driven by interest in the better opportunities offered by Maghreb countries like Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya which also, by geographical advantage, offer the best springboards for crossing the Mediterranean.

Based on the finding, IOM is calling on governments worldwide to address what it describes as "an epidemic of crime and victimization"

IOM Director General William Swing says limited opportunities for safe and regular migration drive would-be migrants into the hands of smugglers.

"Our message is blunt: migrants are dying who need not, it is time to do more than count the number of victims. It is time to engage the world to stop this violence against desperate migrants," Swing stated.

He added that undocumented migrants are not criminal's rather human beings in need of protection and assistance, and deserving respect. The sentiments are re-echoed by Joel Miliman, the spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration.

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The research behind Fatal Journeys, which runs to more than 200 pages, began with the October 2013 tragedy when more than 400 migrants died in two shipwrecks near the Italian island of Lampedusa.