>> The number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean is down, but the journey is getting deadlier. 1 in 18 migrants died making the attempt this year, according to new figures from the UNHCR.>> The numbers of deaths at sea has increased, it's about 1,600 since the beginning of the year.
Which is paradoxical because we have less people crossing, more people dying, it's the mathematics here. But it's also traffickers are taking more risk, more interception by the Libyan coast guards.>> Many migrants who make the journey are picked up in the med by Libya's EU backed coast guards.
They're then taken to Libyan detention centers. But safety concerns over the centers means not all rescue boats head back to Libya. Earlier in the summer a dispute over migrants on board to rescue ship the Aquarius led to a diplomatic stand off between EU leaders. The vessel was eventually allowed to land in Spain.
The UN says it was symbolic of a chronically mishandled crisis.>> On the European side of the Mediterranean we want to see more solidarity. I mean this is pathetic what we see now for each boat incident it's a drama, it's a crisis, it's a very bad tweets among heads of states and that sort of thing.
No, we need to manage that calmly.>> The UN is now calling on EU leaders to be honest with the public about what it says are manageable numbers arriving.