For all the presidential candidates’ uproar over the U.S.-Mexico border, the world’s biggest migrant crisis actually lies with the European Union, reeling from mass deaths on land and sea.
In the span of just a week in August, 71 refugees were found dead in a truck in Austria, and scores of other migrants died off Europe’s shores yet again.
Indeed, the Mediterranean Sea is called the world’s deadliest border because thousands of desperate migrants and refugees drown on unseaworthy boats trying to reach Europe from Africa and the Mideast.
On land, 60 men, eight women, and three children were found dead in the abandoned truck on an Austria highway this week, and the victims are most likely Syrian refugees, authorities said.
Here are four things to know about the humanity migrating to Europe’s doorstep despite deadly peril. Arrests were announced in the Austrian deaths; Italian authorities arrested 10 people in the 52 deaths of migrants and refugees found aboard a boat off Libya.