Number of Refugees in Greece Exceeds 470,000, 15 Times Higher Than 2014

© AP Photo / Petros GiannakourisGreek flag is painted on a rock, as migrants arrive on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on a inflatable dinghy , clamber over rocks on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
Greek flag is painted on a rock, as migrants arrive on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on a inflatable dinghy , clamber over rocks on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Over 472,000 refugees from the Middle East and North Africa arrived by sea to Greece since January, compared with 31,000 arrivals registered in 2014 during the same period.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The number of refugees who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea in 2015 to arrive in Greece is 15 times higher than last year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday.

Over 472,000 refugees from the Middle East and North Africa have arrived by sea to the country since January, compared with 31,000 arrivals registered in 2014 during the same period.

Refugees and migrants line up to board a ferry after arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos on October 16, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Despite worsening weather conditions, the refugee flow continues at an estimated 4,500 a day, IOM added.

Some 3,200 refugees are reported to have died at sea since the beginning of the year, due in part to bad weather and "the acute disrepair of the overcrowded vessels" used by human traffickers, according to IOM estimates.

Europe is struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis. According to EU border agency Frontex, over 710,000 people have arrived in the European Union in 2015, fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries.

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