From Chas Danner writing at New York magazine:
More than 990,000 migrants and refugees have traveled to Europe via land and sea in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration, which also concludes that the number will almost certainly surpass one million in the final two weeks of the year, which would make this year’s total nearly five times what it was in 2014.
Last month, the UNHCR refugee agency said they expected as many as 5,000 people to arrive in Europe per day through February, though inclement weather has likely reduced that number. The vast majority of Europe’s new migrants — more than 950,000 — have arrived via sea. The UNHCR has also concluded that as of just midsummer, the global-refugee total had already surpassed 20 million people for the first time since 1992.
The UN estimates that more than 5,000 men, women, and children have died during their attempted migrations this year, including roughly 3,700 who have been lost at sea. That total now includes another 18 people who drowned off the Turkish coast on Friday when a wooden boat filled with Iraqi and Syrian refugees overturned on its way to Greece. More than 781,000 people chose this same Aegean Sea route to Europe this year, according to the IOM, and the majority have been refugees from the war zones in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Read the rest of the story at New York magazine.