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Yearender 2015: European migrant crisis

(Agencies) Updated: 2015-12-23 10:22 Comments

Yearender 2015: European migrant crisis

A man holds a baby as migrants and refugees from Iran sit on railway tracks while waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija, on November 24, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

Almost all those arriving came across the Mediterranean or the Aegean Seas, and half were Syrians fleeing the war. Another 20 percent were Afghans, and 7 percent were Iraqis, IOM and the UN refugee agency UNHCR said in a joint statement.

People smuggling operations probably accounted for the majority of journeys and likely earned at least $1 billion, Swing said, taking "anywhere from $2,000 to maybe $6,000 depending on how many members of the family and depending on which smuggling ring it is".

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