Over a Million migrants enter Europe by Sea in 2015
Dec 30, Oslo: Over one million refugees and migrants have entered Europe by sea since the beginning of 2015 according to United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and IOM.
UNHCR stated that approximately 80% of the 1,000,573 people arrived in Greece, with the majority landing on Lesbos island. "About 844,000 travelled to Greece from nearby Turkey. Most of the others - over 150,000 - crossed the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. The migrant crisis is Europe's worst since World War Two," UNHCR said.
Similarly, IOM has confirmed that over a million irregular migrants and refugees arrived in Europe in 2015, mostly from Syria, Africa and South Asia. Through the weekend before Christmas, IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix - Flow Monitoring System had counted 999,745 irregular arrivals across the Mediterranean, including migrants journeying by both land and sea to Greece, as well as to Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Malta and Cyprus.
With arrivals of 4,141 migrants or refugees landing in Greece on December 21, IOM reported that the total arrivals to Europe had reached roughly 1,005,504, with just 3% coming by land.
This total according to both the agencies is the highest migration flow since World War II.
The Oslo Times