Number of refugees reaching Europe this year passes 1 million

Baku, December 22, AZERTAC

The number of refugees who have entered Europe by sea and land this year has passed 1 million, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday, according to CNN.

It said that as of Monday, taking into account the latest updates, there were 1,005,504 "irregular arrivals" into Europe in 2015.

The figures show that the vast majority -- 971,289 -- have come by sea. Another 34,215 have traveled over land.

Among those traveling by sea, 3,695 are known to have drowned or remain missing as they attempted to cross the sea on unseaworthy boats, according to IOM figures.

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