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Record Migrant Numbers Crossed Mediterranean in October, UN Says

  • UNHCR saw more sea arrivals last month than in all of 2014
  • Greece, Italy are main gateways to Europe; Syria tops arrivals
Refugees arrive on Greek shores after crossing the Aegean Sea.

Refugees arrive on Greek shores after crossing the Aegean Sea.

Photographer: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

A record 218,394 migrants fled across the Mediterranean Sea in October, more than in all of last year, the United Nations refugee agency said.

The figure was up from 172,843 the previous month, and from 23,050 in October 2014, according to Federico Fossi, a spokesman for the UNHCR in Rome. The number of sea arrivals for October compares with 216,054 for the whole of 2014.