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At Least 64 Migrant Children Die at Sea Trying to Reach Greece in January

© AP Photo / Petros GiannakourisMigrant whose boat stalled at sea while crossing from Turkey to Greece swim to approach the shore of the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015
Migrant whose boat stalled at sea while crossing from Turkey to Greece swim to approach the shore of the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 - Sputnik International
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According to International Organization for Migration, over 60 migrant children have died in the Eastern Mediterranean while attempting to cross from Turkey into Greece.

Refugees and migrants disembark on a beach after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from the Turkey's coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Over 60 migrant children have died in the Eastern Mediterranean while attempting to cross from Turkey into Greece, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday.

"64 children have died at sea on the Eastern Med route to Greece since Jan 1," IOM wrote on its official Twitter account.

The Eastern Mediterranean migration route passes through Turkey, across the Bosphorous strait and the Aegean Sea into Greece.

Sea migration routes cause large numbers of deaths, with 70 percent of the world's migrant fatalities occurring in the Mediterranean in 2015, according to earlier IOM data, of which over one fifth occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean.

In 2015, 270 children died along the route, with 82 fatalities in December, 36 in November, 95 in October and 54 in September. No child fatalities were recorded by IOM prior to September.

Since late 2015, Europe has seen an unprecedented wave of migration, with thousands migrants from the Middle East and Africa arriving in the continent, mainly across the Mediterranean Sea.

Over 1.2 million irregular migrants have been detected crossing the EU border last year, according to the European external border protection agency Frontex. Over 840,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece via the Aegean Sea in 2015, according to the IOM.

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