Aid group: 100,000 people crossed Mediterranean so far this year

More than 100,000 refugees and migrants have already crossed the Mediterranean to reach southern Europe this year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

Last year it took until July to surpass this number, the aid organization notes.

Nearly all of the refugees and migrants took boats from Turkey to Greece, while only 7,500 travelled from Northern Africa to Italy.

In February, nearly half of the arrivals in Greece came from Syria, a quarter from Afghanistan and 17 per cent from Iraq, the IOM says, citing official Greek statistics.

Last update: Tue, 23/02/2016 - 11:55
Author: 

More from Europe

No agreement reached between Russia, Ukraine on gas deliveries

Russian and Ukrainian officials failed to reach an agreement on gas deliveries this winter in a first round of EU-...

Britain jails man for posting Islamic State video on Facebook

A British court sentenced a 31-year-old man to two years in prison on Friday after he was convicted of encouraging...

Latvian police fine couple after monumental public sex session

A pair of tourists were fined 250 euros (263 dollars) on Friday after being caught having sex on the Freedom...

Terror suspect arrested in Rotterdam in possession of Kalashnikov

A special Dutch police unit on Friday arrested a terror suspect in Rotterdam.

OSCE meeting fails to reach agreement amid "marked differences"

A meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Hamburg ended on Friday with...