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Published on December 10th, 2017 | by Georgia Archonti

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 160,067 in 2017; Deaths Reach 2,985

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 160,067 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 November, with about 75 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 345,544 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

OM Rome reported Monday (20 November) 114,606 migrants arrived by sea to Italy this year, according to Ministry of Interior figures, which is a nearly 32 per cent reduction from arrivals at this same point in 2016.

IOM Spain’s Ana Dodevska reported Monday total sea arrivals reached 18,818 on19 November, an increase of over 1,000 migrants since IOM’s last report on Friday (17/11). Over the weekend reports of as many as 100 small boats were reported in Spanish media, as hundreds of migrants were rescued and brought to shore.

IOM’s Missing Migrant Project reported that in the Western Mediterranean, three migrants died when the boat in which they were travelling overturned in waters close to the Spanish North-African enclave of Ceuta. The boat was carrying 24 people on board. At least 21 survivors, including two women and five children, managed to reach the shore safely. These deaths bring the total of fatalities in the Mediterranean in 2017 to 2,985, compared to 4,713 through this same date a year ago.

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