The number of deaths testifies the difficulty of border crossing in Ventimiglia. Among the world’s 34,361 people who died at borders worldwide (UNITED, 2018), six deaths were reported in this area. Excluding two deaths between 1995 and 1996, the other four occurred after 2015, when the French closed the border. Milet, a young 16-year-old woman, died on 07.10.2016 during her walk through the tunnel from Grimaldi (Italy) to Menton (France). On 23 December 2016, a 20-year-old was hit by a train near Ventimiglia during an attempt to cross the railway tracks. As a result of an accident on the high-speed route between Grimaldi and Menton, two “teens/young girls” died in September 2016.

Looking at web-based news, it is possible to find evidence of other deaths not mentioned in the UNITED global report. From September 2016 to July 2017, Open Migration documented twelve  deaths in this border area. A young migrant and an Italian motorcyclist both died in an accident on the road from central Ventimiglia to the Red Cross Camp. On 23 June 2018, the body of a 35 year old man was found in the waters of Ventimiglia.


UNITED (2018) – http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/blog/2018/06/20/press-release-united-list-of-34361-refugee-deaths-published-in-the-guardian/