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Headline data

Source: International Organization for Migration

Geographical Area: English Channel

Unit of Measurement: Number

Footnote: Please note, that these figures are likely an underestimatation due to the difficulties encountered when collecting data in this area. Totals may not sum as numbers include some victims with undetermined gender.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

English Channel

Unit of measurement


Available disaggregations

Cause of death, Region of origin, Age, Sex


Disaggregation figures available from the source are summed to represent the UK headline numbers.

Other information

Data uses a range of sources to collate figures for missing and dead migrants; incidents are ranked on a scale from 1-5 based on the source(s) of information available:

  • Level 1 - only one media source
  • Level 2 - from uncorroborated eyewitness accounts or data from survey respondents
  • Level 3 - multiple media reports
  • Level 4 - at least one NGO, IGO, or another humanitarian actor with direct knowledge of the incident
  • Level 5 - official sources such as coroners, medical examiners, gov officials or from multiple humanitarian actors
  • Download IOM Missing Migrants Data to see ranks assigned to the data sources used in this indicator.

    In some cases, 'Region of origin' is marked as "(P)" for Presumed in IOM Data Source, to see which figures are derived from presumed locations please download the IOM Data.

    For further information such as, data exclusions, definitions and challenges in collecting migration data please see IOM Methodology and Data Collection Guidelines.

    This indicator reports both missing and dead migrants incidents, as missing migrants are presumed to be dead.

    Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

    Data last updated 28 April 2022
    Metadata last updated 28 April 2022

    This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

    Indicator name

    Number of people who died or disappeared in the process of migration towards an international destination

    Target name

    Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies

    Global indicator description
    UN designated tier

    Tier I

    UN custodian agency

    International Organization for Migration

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    International Organization for Migration



    Earliest available data


    Geographical coverage

    United Kingdom

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    Release date
    Next release


    Statistical classification

    Official international

    Contact details

    Other information

    Filter ‘Migration route’ by ‘English Channel to the UK’. Totals may not sum as numbers include some victims with undetermined gender.