An Italian navy ship arrives in Reggio Calabria after a rescue on May 29th, 2016
It is thought up to 900 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean in a week marked by shipwrecks and death.
Slightly closer to home, 18 Albanians - including two children - were rescued from an unsafe inflatable boat which started to sink as they tried to cross the English channel on Sunday.
Experts are warning that the crossing between the UK and France could become the site of tragedies like those in the Med as increasingly desperate people feel they have no choice but to pay people smugglers to make dangerous sea journeys.
But the human cost of the problem is not at the forefront of everyone's mind: