A stark reminder of Europe’s migrant crisis

In a stark reminder of the depth of Europe’s migrant crisis the bodies of 34 people, seven of them children, washed up on Turkey’s Aegean coast yesterday.

The latest victims were among the thousands attempting the perilous crossing to Greece despite rough seas and cold winter weather.

Each day this week more than 2,500 people, including many fleeing Syria’s civil war, have traveled by sea from Turkey to Greece, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

In all, 3,771 migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe in the past 12 months.

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