The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis in Photos

For its latest In Focus photo series, The Atlantic uncovers the perilous trans-Mediterranean journey that thousands of migrants from Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia embark on in search of a better life. The United Nations approximates that—just this year—60,000 people have already made the crossing while 1,800 have fallen victim to capsize. The European Commission is now calling for nations to accept migrants based on a quota scheme while the European Union has proposed search-and-destroy missions.