Migrant Arrivals by Sea in Europe in 2016 Top 269,000 - IOMWorld | August 24, 2016, Wednesday // 09:18| views
A handout picture provided by the Italian Red Cross shows shows migrants receiving medical care after leaving the flagship rescue vessel Responder, a rescue boat run by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and the Italian Red Cross (CRI
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported that 269,244 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 August, an increase of 3,218 since 17 August.
The number of arrivals so far in 2016 is slightly lower than the number recorded through the first eight months of 2015, when a total of 354,618 migrants and refugees were recorded crossing the Mediterranean, the majority of them coming from Turkey to Greece.
Arrivals in Greece total 162,599 in 2016 through 21 August, down from 234,357 in the first eight months of 2015.
Arrivals in Italy have also decreased, albeit at a lower rate. A total of 104,141 migrants and refugees arrived in Italy across the Mediterranean this year so far, compared with 116,147 in 2015 through 31 August.
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