Number of refugees trying to reach Europe this year surpasses 2014 total

August 28, 2015 12:48

GENEVA - The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has passed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 in the whole of 2014, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.

More than 2,500 people have died making the crossing this year, not including about 200 who are feared to have drowned off Libya in the last 24 hours. That compares with 3,500 who died or went missing in the Mediterranean in 2014.

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