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Migrant & refugee deaths up a fifth in a year

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>> The number of migrants and refugees, dying as they try to reach Europe, is up by more than a fifth in 12 months. A report from Oxfam revealing the figures that, despite the public outcry over images of the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach a year ago.
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Since the start of 2016, almost one person has died every 18 minutes. 5,700 people in the last 12 months. The majority of them drowning in the Mediterranean. The news coming as some 3,000 migrants were saved in the straights of Sicily and 30 separate rescue missions on Tuesday, bringing to total to almost 10,000 in just two days.
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After the photographs of Alan Kurdi became headline news around the world, interest in the migrant crisis increased significantly on Twitter with four times as many tweets on the subject as a year before. The refugees welcome hashtag began trending worldwide and has been used 2.35 million times in the 12 months since.
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But charities like Oxfam say more needs to be done. They hope two summits in New York later this month will force governments to make firm commitments to improve the situation, and that the UK will commit to welcoming more refugees.