More than 350,000 migrants cross Mediterranean this year: IOM

Migrants being rescued by the Italian Navy during an operation in the Mediterranean Sea on Sept 1, 2015.
Migrants being rescued by the Italian Navy during an operation in the Mediterranean Sea on Sept 1, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

GENEVA (AFP) - More than 350,000 migrants have risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean this year, and some 2,600 have died while making the perilous journey to Europe, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

The latest figures from IOM show that 234,778 migrants had landed in Greece and another 114,276 in Italy, with most of the other arrivals split between Spain (2,166) and the island of Malta (94).

The figure from 2015 already dwarfs that of 2014, when 219,000 made the crossing throughout the entire year.