Reported by Mediapool. “From the beginning of the year to July 16, 111 148 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea,” IOM spokesman Joel Milman said at a press conference in Geneva.
He specified that nearly 85 percent of them – over 93 thousand – had arrived in Italy and the rest – in Greece, Spain and Cyprus. The main direction of migration this year has become Italy. For six and a half months 13.5 thousand more migrants and refugees than in the same period last year entered the country.
At the same time, the flow of refugees to Greece has decreased: from the beginning of the year, there have arrived a little more than 10,000 people, while for the same period last year they were nearly 160,000.
Last year, from January 1 to July 16, Europe received over 240,000 migrants and refugees, Milman reminded. Since the beginning of the year, 2359 migrants and refugees have been killed, trying to reach the European countries by sea. Last year, 2,996 perished for the same period. According to IOM data from around the world, 3256 migrants and refugees have died since the beginning of the year.