The latest figures from the International Organization for Migration show that 2,977 people have died so far in 2016, with around 20 migrants dying each day since March.
Three operations were carried out off the coast of Libya on Tuesday retrieving around 500 survivors, most of which were rescued from an overcrowded wooden boat.
Naguib Sawiris says he wants to dub the island Independence, and build a shelter for refugees halfway between the homes they're fleeing and their destinations in Western Europe.
In this extra scene, Simon Ostrovsky sits down with Norman Lowell, the founder and head of Malta's far-right anti-immigration political party Imperium Europa to talk about the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.
VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky joined On The Line to discuss the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), and his new documentary "The Smartest Guy in the Sea."
From fighting forest fires to clearing land mines to rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, the private sector often addresses international security issues better than governments can.
Since EU leaders seem more concerned with keeping refugees out than helping them survive the perilous journey from North Africa to Europe, self-funded groups have taken to patrolling the waters in a bid to save lives.
The Italian navy rescued 142 migrants and recovered eight bodies after a boat capsized south of the island of Lampedusa. The UN says deaths have increased fifty-fold from the same period last year.
Instability in Libya is forcing desperate migrants to place their lives in the hands of unreliable and often violent smugglers, and prompting civilian groups to respond to the dangers they face.