IOM says one million refugees have entered Europe in 2015

International Organization for Migration says one million refugees from Middle East and Africa have entered Europe so far this year

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Refugees on a dinghy arrives at the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, after crossing from Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday said one million refugees fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East have crossed into Europe so far this year.

According to IOM datas, at least 820,000 refugees have crossed into Greece from Turkey, more than 455,000 from Syria and over 186,000 from Afghanistan, while nearly 3,700 died in their attempt.

With just days left in 2015, the Geneva-based intergovernmental organization says the million mark was crossed Monday, marking more than a four-fold increase from last year.

2,880 refugees died trying to reach Italy from north Africa, while some 706 others died trying to cross the Aegean between the Turkish coast and the Greek islands.

The EU is trying to tackle the biggest humanitarian crisis it has been facing since the World War II.  

In late September, European Union leaders, France and Germany agreed to share 160,000 refugees across the bloc, outvoting four eastern European countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia - who strongly opposed the arrangement.

TRTWorld and agencies