Migrant crisis: 'One million enter Europe in 2015'

The number of migrants crossing into Europe by land and sea this year has passed one million, the International Organization for Migration says.

The number represents a fourfold rise on the total last year.

The vast majority crossed by sea, with more than 800,000 travelling from Turkey to Greece. Most are refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The IOM says that 3,695 migrants are known to have drowned this year or remain missing.

The symbolic milestone was passed on Monday, the IOM said, with the total for land and sea reaching 1,005,504.

The figure covers entries via six European Union nations - Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Malta and Cyprus.

Some 455,000 of the refugees were from Syria, with more than 186,000 from Afghanistan.

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Source: www.bbc.com

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