Aid group: 100,000 people crossed Mediterranean so far this year

More than 100,000 refugees and migrants have already crossed the Mediterranean to reach southern Europe this year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

Last year it took until July to surpass this number, the aid organization notes.

Nearly all of the refugees and migrants took boats from Turkey to Greece, while only 7,500 travelled from Northern Africa to Italy.

In February, nearly half of the arrivals in Greece came from Syria, a quarter from Afghanistan and 17 per cent from Iraq, the IOM says, citing official Greek statistics.

Last update: Tue, 23/02/2016 - 11:55

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