Guidance document

Identifying migrant bodies in the Mediterranean

Migration, Social Inclusion and Peaceful Societies, Volume 05, Numero 02
Ottavia Ampuero Villagran
Publication Year
Africa / Europe and Central Asia
Thematic Area
Identification / Migration
Open access

The reality of undocumented migrant deaths and migrant bodies has been conspicuously absent from border migration narratives and from the rhetoric of many influential actors involved in policy, academia, and the media. Given that the Mediterranean route is the deadliest one in the world, this policy report seeks to examine undocumented migrant body identification from a human rights perspective that acknowledges the implications on the individuals, the families, and the states involved. The aim is to address the shortcomings of current management and identification efforts in European countries, and to provide practical solutions that can be implemented at the local, national, and international levels.