According to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, 186,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year. Mostly in Italy.
According to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, around 186,000 people have already arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean this year. The majority of these, 130,000, were registered in Italy, which corresponds to an increase of 83 percent compared to the same period last year. The director of the UNHCR New York office, Ruven Menikdiwela, said this at the UN Security Council on Thursday.
The number of missing and dead in the period between early January and September 24 was more than 2,500 people, it was said. The international migration organization IOM recently spoke of more than 2,700 people dead and missing.
According to the United Nations, the largest number of migrants came from Tunisia, with more than 100 thousand, followed by Libya with more than 45 thousand. In addition to Italy, the boats also went to Greece, Spain, Cyprus and Malta. The sharp increase in the number of migrations has recently led to tensions in the EU over measures to limit them. (APA/dpa)