Over 257,000 Migrants Enter Europe by Sea in 2016, Fatalities Top 3,000 - IOMWorld | August 2, 2016, Tuesday // 15:35| views
A handout picture provided by the Italian Police Press Office on 30 July 2016 shows a rescue operation of 437 migrants in Pozzallo (Ragusa), Sicily, 30 July 2016. Police arrested 4 immigrant traffickers. EPA/BGNES
An estimated 257,186 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 27 July, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced on Tuesday.
New arrivals exceeded 24,000 in July. Total arrivals in Greece through 31 July were 160,233. Through 1 August, arrivals to Italy totalledaround 96,000.
Migrant and refugee deaths in the Mediterranean this year have reached 3,120, making 2016 the third straight year in which the IOM will report migration fatalities of at least 3,000 men, women and children on those perilous sea routes, the organisation said.
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