A record 137,000 people made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in the first half of 2015, most of them fleeing war, conflict and persecution, the United Nations said Wednesday.
"Europe is living through a maritime refugee crisis of historic proportions," the UN refugee agency said, adding that the number of people washing up on the continent's shores had jumped 83 percent in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2014.
GMT 12:11 2017 Thursday ,27 AprilRussian navy ship damaged in collision off Turkish coast
GMT 12:09 2017 Thursday ,27 AprilECB leaves key interest rates unchanged in April
GMT 12:07 2017 Thursday ,27 AprilCourt upholds Habre's war crimes life sentence
GMT 11:28 2017 Thursday ,27 AprilEU parliament slams 'brutal repression' in Venezuela
GMT 09:28 2017 Thursday ,27 AprilIsrael missiles hit near Damascus airport
GMT 08:56 2017 Thursday ,27 AprilEU Parliament says Le Pen 'fake jobs' cost 5 mn euros
GMT 08:18 2017 Thursday ,27 AprilTwo police wounded by 'Islamist' on France's Reunion island
GMT 08:16 2017 Thursday ,27 AprilBoJ chief warns over 'likely' delay on inflation target