Almost 1m migrants arrive in Europe since January

    Almost 1m migrants arrive in Europe since January

    Dec 2, Athens: More than 900,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe since January 2015. Over 3,000 have drowned or gone missing during the same period, according to a report by International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.

    IOM said that at least 878,495 migrants have arrived by sea, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. That means that almost 97 percent arrived by sea.

    According to UNHCR record, the number of arrivals by sea at 886,262, and 3,515 reported missing or dead.

    IOM and UNICEF said that children account for 20 percent of those arriving in 2015.

    The share is greatest along the Eastern Mediterranean route from Turkey to Greece and through the Western Balkans, where children make up over one quarter of arrivals, media reports said.

    In October alone, over 90 children died on their way to Greece, and in the past week, nine of the 12 deaths on this crossing have been of children, IOM said.

    Since 2011, the main reason for such a rise in figures has been the war in Syria, now the world's single-largest driver of displacement.

    The Oslo Times


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