Migrants Arrivals by Sea in Europe Top 242,000 so far in 2016 – IOMWorld | July 24, 2016, Sunday // 10:51| views
A handout picture released by the Italian Navy shows people jumping out of a boat right before it overturns in Canal of Sicily off the Libyan coast, 25 May 2016. Photo: EPA/Italian Navy
An estimated 242,179 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 20 July, arriving mostly in Italy and Greece, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
There were 159,299 arrivals in Greece and 81,034 in Italy.
The IOM put the recorded number of migrants’ deaths at sea at 2,977 as of 20 July. This compared with 1,906 fatalities through 30 July last year.
Nearly 2,500 of this year’s fatalities occurred just in the past four months.
According to official figures from Italy’s Ministry of the Interior cited by the IOM, there were 84,052arrivals in the country as of 21 July. This compared with a total of 84,026 arrivals to date at this time last year.
“The similarity of the totals on this, the Mediterranean’s central route, are an indication that migration flows through Africa and into Libya remain unchanged after two years, despite progress in monitoring and policing migration traffic in Libya itself,” according to the organization.
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