218,000 crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe in October

Published November 2nd, 2015 - 12:30 GMT

The UN refugee agency says more than 218,000 refugees crossed the Mediterranean Sea in a bid to enter Europe during the month of October.

The spokesman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards, said on Monday that the refugee “arrivals in October paralleled the entire 2014.”

According to UN figures, 218,394 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea last month, with all except 8,000 arriving in Greece.

Through the entire 2014, 219,000 refugees arrived in Europe.

The European Union (EU) countries have been in disagreement on how to handle the refugee crisis.

While some European leaders support an open-door refugee policy, others are in favor of controlling the EU’s external borders, deporting more people and paying third countries to accept asylum seekers.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says more than 724,000 refugees fleeing war and violence in Middle Eastern and African countries have reached Europe’s shores so far this year while over 3,300 people have either died or gone missing on their way to the continent.

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