UNHCR: Record Numbers trying to reach Europe

The UN has reported the highest ever numbers of migrants embarking on dangerous boat journeys to escape conflict or economic hardship. Around one in every 100 attempts to make the trip results in death.

A record number of 348,000 people attempted perilous sea crossings in 2014, the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR said Wednesday. Nearly 4,300 migrants have died on the seas this year, the UN reported.

The majority of the migrants travelled to Europe, with more than 207,000 fleeing across the Mediterranean since the start of January. This is about three times the previous high of about 70,000 people attempting this journey during the Libyan civil war in 2011.
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Source News: DW