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Migrant and refugee arrivals to Europe this year top 100,000, says IOM

Refugees in Greece

More than 413 migrants and refugees have died this week while trying to come to Europe, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece and Italy this year.

Refugees in GreeceBy 22nd February, Greece alone had received some 102,547 arrivals since the beginning of the year.

The Eastern Mediterranean route between Turkey and Greece continues to be the deadliest, accounting for 321 migrant deaths.

According to IOM Greece, an estimated 42,861 migrants have reached the Greek islands so far in February 2016. The Greek authorities say that they were mainly Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, Iranians and Pakistanis. Others were from Morocco, Bangladesh and Somalia.

Since the beginning of the year, some 7,507 migrants have arrived by sea to Italy. This is roughly the same number as last year.

“We are still registering the arrival of many vulnerable migrants, who are often in very bad condition, having been subjected to violence by smugglers in Libya. We are also still seeing many women victims of trafficking – an alarming trend already registered in 2015,” said IOM Italy spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo.

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