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Almost 70,000 Migrants, Refugees Arrive in Europe by Sea in 2017 – IOM

© AP Photo / Petros GiannakourisIn this Sunday, March 20, 2016 file photo, volunteers help migrants and refugees on a dingy as they arrive at the shore of the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey.
In this Sunday, March 20, 2016 file photo, volunteers help migrants and refugees on a dingy as they arrive at the shore of the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. - Sputnik International
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International Organization for Migration said that nearly 70,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by sea since the beginning of 2017 with more than 1,500 people having died or gone missing.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Nearly 70,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by sea since the beginning of 2017 with more than 1,500 people having died or gone missing, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday.

“IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 69,574 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 28 May,” the IOM said in a statement.

The majority of refugees, almost 59,000 people, have landed in Italy while 1,481 people died en route to the country, according to the IOM.

The IOM also registered 7,043 migrants’ arrivals in Greece, 3,314 arrivals in Spain and 273 more in Cyprus.

Since 2015, Europe has been experiencing an acute migration crisis and struggling to accommodate hundreds of thousands of people fleeing hostilities and poverty in the Middle Eastern and North African countries. Over 360,000 migrants and refugees arrived to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea in 2016, according to IOM figures.

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