Migration across the Mediterranean

The number of migrants and asylum seekers so far in 2015 is now approaching a quarter of a million, according to the latest analysis by the International Organisation for Migration (17th August Update).

“Some 102,000 migrants crossed to Italy from Libya and 134,988 to Greece from Turkey up to August 14 this year. When added to the statistics from Spain and Malta, it puts the number of arrivals from the Mediterranean to 237,000, IOM reported.” (Migrant Report)

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“Data provided by the Italian Ministry of Interior show that in the first seven months of 2015 – from 1 January to 31 July – Italy registered the arrival of a total of 93,540 people. This is eight per cent more than during the same period of 2014, when the Italian authorities recorded 87,915 arrivals.”

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According to the latest Eurostat figures, in the first quarter of this year, the countries receiving the most asylum applicants were Germany (73 100 applicants, or 40% of total applicants in the EU), Hungary (32 800, or 18%), Italy (15 300, or 8%), France (14 800, or 8%) and Sweden (11 400, or 6%). These 5 Member States together account for 80% of all applicants across the bloc.”

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