Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 190,973; Deaths 1,359

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 190,973 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 18 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths through 18 May this year stand at 1,359 on all Mediterranean routes.

Meanwhile, over 1,600 migrants have been brought to Italy since Tuesday.

IOM in Italy maintains that migrant flows have remained more or less stable during the first five months of 2016, compared to the same period last year, with the top nationalities arriving in Italy remaining the same – mostly Sub-Saharan Africans. Despite a sharp drop in departures of Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans from Turkey to Greece, IOM has yet to see any evidence that these nationalities are responding to the closure of the Balkan route by returning to the Central Mediterranean route and trying to reach Italy via Egypt or Libya.

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