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Over a million migrants and refugees have reached Europe this year, says IOM

International Organisation for Migration announces latest figures, with Greek island of Lesbos now the main refugee gateway

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More than a million people have now reached Europe through irregular means in 2015, the International Organisation for Migration has announced, in what constitutes the continent’s biggest wave of mass migration since the aftermath of the second world war.

Out of a total of 1, 005, 504 arrivals by 21 December, the vast majority – 816, 752 – arrived by sea in Greece, the IOM said. A further 150, 317 arrived by sea in Italy, with much smaller figures for Spain, Malta and Cyprus. A total of 34, 215 crossed by land routes, such as over the Turkish-Bulgarian border.

Read the full story at The Guardian, by Patrick Kingsley

 

 

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