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UN: 2500 died crossing to Europe


About 204 thousand migrants reached the European Union since the beginning of this year crossing the Mediterranean, while 2500 died, including 880 only last week, the United Nations said.

The Spokesperson for Refugees Higher Commission, William Spelender, said, in a news conference in Geneva that “2016 is looking shockingly bloody, with the death of 2510 migrants in the first five months, comparing to 1855 deaths during the same period last year.”

About 204 thousand made it to Europe, 75% entered through Greece before the end of March. Since then, migration to Greece halted following the deal Europe struck with Turkey. Migration to Italy recorded 46714 migrants and refugees since January.

Immigration waves from Libya were relatively steady since the last year, which is different from Balkan root given that most migrants are crossing Libya come from sub-Sahara, but Libya-Italy root is more dangerous, according to Spelender.