The prodigious scale of the status of refugees and migrant crisis that has shaken Europe was foreground this week by a staggering statistic.
Last month, 218, 394 humen, women and children fled to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea, the United Nations refugee agency said here on Monday. This is more than any previous month on record, and roughly the same digit as arrived during the whole of 2014.
Last year, UNHCR estimated that 219,000 parties fled to Europe by ocean. This time, to date, some 744, 000 have arrived, over half of them Syrians.
That number is more than the population of Washington , D.C . It is close to the total number of “boat people”who fled Vietnam over two decades ago after the conclusion of its battle. It is ten durations the number of refugees that the U.S. has admitted this year and more than 500 durations the number of Syrians resettled in the U.S. since the battle broke out in 2011.
The October figure is “beyond anything that could have been expected even a few months ago, ” UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said.
The number of refugees and migrants voyaging to Europe preserves clambering even though the high seas bridging is getting more dangerous as wintertime approachings, returning gusts and solidifying temperatures.
Usually, the number of parties struggling the journey spikes in the summer, and wanes during twilight and wintertime. This time, the soaring fleshes are bucking current trends.
Some 3,440 parties have already submerge this year trying to sail to Europe, according to UNHCR. Now, months after Europe reeled from the image of three year-old Alan Kurdi lying dead on a Greek beach, the bodies of children are again laundering up on Europe’s shores.
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