Refugee arrivals in Europe top 100,000 since beginning of 2016

Published February 25th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Refugees and migrants massed onto an inflatable boat reach Mytilene, northern island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on February 17, 2016. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
Refugees and migrants massed onto an inflatable boat reach Mytilene, northern island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on February 17, 2016. (AFP/Aris Messinis)

Refugee arrivals in Europe in 2016 have already exceeded 100,000, International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement Tuesday.

"Greece alone had received some 102,547 arrivals since the beginning of the year. In comparison, in 2015, migrant arrivals topped 100,000 in June," the statement said.

According to IOM, at least 413 refugees have drowned while trying to reach Europe with the eastern Mediterranean route between Turkey and Greece continuing to be the deadliest route for refugees, accounting for 321 migrant deaths.

Last year, more than a million refugees had arrived in Europe.


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