Migrants Reach EU by Sea in Record Numbers

Migrants Reach EU by Sea in Record NumbersMigrants Reach EU by Sea in Record Numbers

A monthly record of 218,394 migrants and refugees reached Europe by sea in October, the UN says, almost as many as the total number of arrivals in 2014.

The number reaching Greece was 210,265, and for Italy it was 8,129, according to the UNHCR.

Many are refugees from Syria. At least 70 people have drowned trying to reach Greek islands in the past week.

The bodies of four men were recovered from the Aegean Sea on Monday after their boat sank.

Another seven people were missing off the island of Farmakonisi, BBC reported.

On Sunday, the bodies of 10 people were recovered from a capsized boat a short distance from Samos. Six of the dead were children and another child’s body was found on a beach.

This year alone, 3,440 have drowned or have been declared missing while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the UN agency says. The International Organization for Migration says more than 400 people died while travelling to Greece.

According to the UN, 744,175 have arrived on Europe’s shores, the vast majority on Greek islands such as Lesbos and Samos.