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Nearly 130,000 Migrants Cross Mediterranean Into Europe in 2017

© REUTERS / Stefano RellandiniMigrants on a dinghy are rescued by "Save the Children" NGO crew from the ship Vos Hestia in the Mediterranean sea off Libya coast, June 17, 2017
Migrants on a dinghy are rescued by Save the Children NGO crew from the ship Vos Hestia in the Mediterranean sea off Libya coast, June 17, 2017 - Sputnik International
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The International Organization for Migration said that nearly 130,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to enter Europe since the beginning of this year.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Nearly 130,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to enter Europe since the beginning of this year, with 98,072 of them coming to Italy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

Migrants wait to be rescued from a sinking dingey off the Libyan coasal town of Zawiyah, east of the capital, on March 20, 2017, as they attempted to cross from the Mediterranean to Europe. - Sputnik International
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"IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 120,975 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 23 August," the IOM said in a statement.

According to the UN migration agency, 271,951 Mediterranean arrivals were recorded in the same period last year.

Since 2015, Europe has been experiencing the worst migration crisis in its history, struggling to accommodate hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing hostilities in the Middle Eastern and North African countries.

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