At least 11 die off Greece as migrant boat capsizes

At least 11 people, seven of them children, drowned on Thursday after a boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece capsized near the island of Samos, the Greek coast guard said.

On Wednesday, seven migrants, including two children, drowned near the Greek island of Kos.

The Greek islands last year became the main gateway to Europe for people escaping war zones in the Middle East, but also for so-called economic migrants fleeing poverty in Asia and Africa.

The surge has continued in January, despite the danger of crossing the Aegean Sea in winter. UN refugee agency UNHCR has registered more than 44,000 arrivals since the start of this year.

Last update: Thu, 28/01/2016 - 13:04
Author: 

More from Europe

New bird flu virus type discovered in northern Germany

A new variant of bird flu has been discovered in domesticated animals in the northern German state of Schleswig-...

EU experts: Merkel has been main target of fake news

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been the main target of fake news campaigns in Europe, including disinformation...

Romanian president plans referendum to save anti-corruption law

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis wants to hold a referendum on the country's plans to ease corruption laws, he said...

Seven casualties, 22 missing at Italian avalanche-struck hotel

The death toll at an Italian hotel buried by an avalanche last week has risen to seven, while 22 guests and staff...

Sinn Fein names new party leader for Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein on Monday announced a new leader for the Northern Irish branch of the party, following the decision by...