Mediterranean death toll has surpassed 3 000

2015-10-13 20:00
A Syrian arrives at the Greek island of Lesbos, the busiest entry point for migrants reaching the EU. (Santi Palacios, AP)

A Syrian arrives at the Greek island of Lesbos, the busiest entry point for migrants reaching the EU. (Santi Palacios, AP)

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Geneva - The number of migrants who have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean has climbed above 3 000, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says.

Many of the 3 103 victims lost their lives because they made the crossing to Europe in bad weather, or because smugglers used overcrowded vessels that were in disrepair, IOM spokesperson Joel Millman added.

According to the migrant aid organisation, nearly 600 000 have arrived in Europe by sea since January.

Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis made up the biggest groups on the main route from Turkey to Greece, while Eritreans, Nigerians and Somalians dominated the secondary route from Northern Africa to Italy, IOM says.

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