2016 sea arrivals
Dead and missing
Last updated 16 Feb 2017
Last year, the European Union detected the biggest number of illegal border crossings since Frontex data-collection started eight years ago. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says at least 218,000 immigrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean in 2014 and 3,500 of these died in the Mediterranean Sea.
In January and February 2015 the number of illegal entries in some key border points, including the central Mediterranean, the Western Balkans and the land border between Turkey and Bulgaria has reached new records and the summer season has just begun.