geneva - This year more than 50 percent fewer migrants came to Europe via the Mediterranean than in 2016. Then, 359,000 people successfully crossed the river, now until December 20, 170,000.
Italy (119,000) was the most popular, followed by Greece (29,000) and Spain (21,500). The number of deaths and missing persons also decreased: this year 3116 against 4967 in 2016.
This appears from a report published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva on Friday. Worldwide, the number of people who did not survive their flight dropped from 7807 to at least 5362, despite the massive exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar. Experts are convinced that the actual figures are more worrying due to the many non-registered victims.