One million migrants have arrived in Europe by sea this year

Published: Wednesday 30th December 2015 by The News Editor

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The number of migrants who have arrived in Europe by sea this year now tops one million, the UN refugee agency has said .

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees announcement came only a week after the International Organisation for Migration said the total number of people arriving in Europe this year had topped a million – including 34,215 who arrived across land borders.

UNHCR said 1,000,573 people have arrived by boat during the year – 844,176 of them landing in Greece and 152,700 in Italy. Spain reported 3,592 arrivals and Malta 105.

The count is based on police and coastguard data and estimates stemming from refugee registration in Greece, data and estimates from government, police and UNHCR in Italy, and police and government data from Spain and Malta.

Published: Wednesday 30th December 2015 by The News Editor

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