On March 18th, 2016, leaders from the EU and Turkey agreed on the so-called EU-Turkey deal, aimed at stopping irregular migration from Turkey to the EU.
The EU-Turkey deal dramatically reduced the number of people crossing, and consequently the number of dead or missing at sea.
Between January and March 2016, 366 people died while crossing by sea from Turkey to Greece.
Between April and December 2016, 68 people died on the sea route across the Aegean.
Between January and the 12th of March 2017, two people died on the so-called the Eastern Mediterranean route.