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Number of refugees to Europe halved

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GENEVA – The number of people over the Mediterranean Sea to Europe tried to flee, in the first half of 2018, more than halved compared with a year earlier. That is according to figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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In the first half of this year were 46.449 migrants counted. In the same period of 2017, there were slightly more than 101.000. That was when a large reduction compared to 2016 when 231.000 people the Mediterranean Sea trying to cross. The crossing remains extremely dangerous. This year, 1412 refugees to life. In 2017, it was 2340 up to July.

The decrease in Italy is much stronger, says the spokesperson of the IOM, Flavio Di Giacomo. According to him, the number of migrants that a country arrives, with 80 percent in comparison with 2017 and accelerates the trend of dwindling numbers still.

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