UN says 700,000 refugees reached Europe in 2015

More than 700,000 refugees have reached Europe from Mediterranean so far this year

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Syrian refugee sits next to a pile of lifejackets following her arrival on an overcrowded dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast October 1, 2015

UN refugee agency said on Tuesday that at least 700,000 refugees have reached Europe through the Mediterranean since the start of the year till October 2015. 

562,355 refugees arrived on the shores of Greece and 140,000 arrived in Italy in 2015 as Europe faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

According to the figures given by UN for 2015, more than 705,200 people were able to pass the Mediterranean and reach European countries in total and 20 percent of refugees who arrived in Europe were children.

3,210 refugees have perished or gone missing during their dangerous journey which started as they fled their countries to have a better life.

Most of the refugees who arrived in European countries were from war torn countries.

Six percent of arrivals were from Iraq, 18 percent were from Afghanistan and more than half of arrivals were from Syria where the civil war killed more than 300,000 and forced 10,6 million people to flee the country since 2011.

The countries described by UNHRC as the world’s most refugee producing countries have sent 85 percent of the refugees. 

The International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday in a statement that bad weather and rough seas have affected their tracking on refugee boats adding that as the weather became more difficult, more aerial surveillance was put into place.

9,438 people have arrived to Greek shores over this weekend, the organization said.


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