Report: One million migrants and refugees reach Europe in 2015
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said that more than one million migrants and refugees have crossed into Europe this year. European leaders are continuing to grapple with their redistribution.
The Geneva-based intergovernmental organization said on Tuesday that the million mark was crossed on December 21. The huge milestone is a more than a four-fold increase on last year’s figures.
IOM said more than 800,000 crossed into Greece from Turkey, including more than 455,000 from Syria and over 186,000 from Afghanistan.
Out of a total of 1,005,504 arrivals by December 21, the vast majority – 816,752 – arrived by sea in Greece, IOM said. Almost 3,700 people died as they tried to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.