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Record 218,000 migrants crossed Mediterranean in October: UN

In October, 218,394 people made the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean to Europe, compared to 219,000 arrivals during all of last year, UN figures showedMore than 218,000 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in October — a monthly record and nearly the same number as in the whole of 2014, the United Nations said Monday. Most of the Mediterranean deaths this year have happened on the longer, more dangerous route to Italy, but with surging numbers attempting the far shorter crossing from Turkey to Greece, the death toll along that route has been mounting.

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