Over 130,000 migrants and refugees have reached Europe via the Mediterranean so far this year, the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) said Tuesday.
This is more than the total number in the first five months of 2015. Out of a total of 131,724 people who have arrived on Europe’s shores this year, 122,637 landed in Greece and most were fleeing the conflict in Syria, AFP reported, citing the statement.
An estimated 24,000 migrants in Greece were in need of accommodation as of Monday night, according to the UN agency. It warned that “Europe is on the cusp of a largely self-induced humanitarian crisis.” The UNHCR also accused EU governments of fueling the chaos and suffering by resorting to “inconsistent practices” in response to the migrant influx.