16:27 GMT05 March 2021
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)

    The number of migrants who crossed into Europe via the Mediterranean and the Aegean in 2015 has crossed a one-million milestone a week after land- and sea-based migration passed the mark, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Over 3,700 people have been declared dead or missing this year, according to UNHCR’s compilation of various sources, including governments, coast guard or navy vessels, survivors and family members.

    The 1,000,573 people who "take their chances aboard unseaworthy boats and dinghies in a desperate bid to reach Europe" constituted a quadrupling over last year’s total of more than 216,000 migrants.

    Nearly half of the arrivals came from Syria, while one-fifth arrived from Afghanistan.

    The vast majority, or 844,176 people, traveled from Turkey to Greece across the Aegean Sea. A further 152,700 landed in Italy via Libya, followed by 3,592 in Spain and 105 in Malta.

    The UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced in a joint statement the number of migrants who crossed into Europe by both land and sea has reached the one million mark last week.

    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)


    Frontex Sends 15 Vessels, 290 Officers to Help Greece Manage Migrant Inflow
    Costa Rica Set to Send Cuban Migrants to Mexico
    Over 900 Migrants Rescued in Strait of Sicily During Christmas Holidays
    Pope Francis Urges Central American States to Solve Cuban Migrant Problem
    Death of Migrant Causes Riots in Spanish Town
    When Tears Matter: Merkel Grants Extended Residency for Crying Migrant Girl
    'Jungle' Pops Up in Paris: Residents Share Thoughts on Roma Migrants
    refugee crisis, migrant crisis, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Europe
    Community standardsDiscussion