More than One Million Migrants Enter Europe by Sea: UN

More than One Million Migrants Enter Europe by Sea: UN
Wed Dec 30, 2015 19:41:51

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has confirmed that more than one million refugees and migrants reached Europe continent by sea since the start of 2015.

The United Nations Refugee Agency, also known as the UNHCR, released the figure on Wednesday, saying 1,000,573 people have arrived in Europe by boat during the year, including 844,176 in Greece and 152,700 in Italy.

The numbers are based on data provided by police and coast guard as well as estimates from refugee registration in Greece; information and estimates from government, police and the UNHCR in Italy; and police and government data from Spain and Malta, which reported 3,592 and 105 arrivals respectively.

Nearly 50 percent of the asylum seekers are from Syria and 21 percent from Afghanistan, two countries that are in the grip of deadly conflicts.

The UN refugee agency’s announcement came a week after the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the total number of people entering Europe this year has surpassed a million.

"More than 3,700 people were reported as dead or missing, the UNHCR said."

European authorities are struggling to tackle the massive refugee arrivals. Earlier this month, the European Commission proposed a single EU border guard in an attempt to check the influx.

European countries reportedly remain divided over how to deal with refugees, most of whom are fleeing conflict-hit zones in the Middle East and Africa.

The leaders of several Balkan countries have repeatedly threatened to shut their borders if their northern EU neighbors refuse to accept refugees, presstv reported.

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