Illegal migrants rescued by Turkish coast guard in Aegean Sea
Illegal migrants who were trying to reach Greece's Kos island, are rescued by Turkish coast guard after their boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast near Bodrum district of Mugla, western Turkey on August 18, 2015 Anadolu Agency—Getty Images

A Record 107,500 Migrants Entered the E.U. Last Month

Aug 18, 2015

July saw an influx of 107,500 migrants into the E.U., straining thinly-stretched resources even further, reports Frontex, the bloc's border agency.

The figures have increased significantly since June, when the border agency registered around 70,000 migrants crossing into Europe. Nearly 340,000 migrants have arrived in Europe since January — a huge jump compared to the 280,000 migrants who arrived in all of 2014.

"The pace of arrivals has been steadily increasing in recent weeks," UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told reporters in Geneva, according to the AFP.

The majority of the migrants come from the Middle East, fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan through Turkey, then crossing the Aegean sea into Greece. The largest concentration of refugees has been on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos and Kos, Frontex says.

Aid workers with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) warn of an increasingly precarious situation due to the unprecedented number of arrivals and the lack of resources to help them, "The situation is already volatile and we have started seeing increased tensions with the local authorities and between different refugees groups,” Kirk Day, the field director of IRC's ground operation in Lesbos, said in a statement.

As numbers continue to rise, Day hopes that views towards the migrants will grow more sympathetic. "European donors and international institutions need to stop focusing on where these refugees are, and instead remember where they are from — and, what they are fleeing," Day said.

Photographers Aim to Put a Face on Europe's Migrant Crisis

Ras Ajdir, Tunisia. 03/2011 - Border between Lybia and Tunisia. Refugee from Lybia in the camp. Community from bangadesh protesting for the conditions.
Refugees from Libya rest in Ras Ajdir, a coastal town on the border between Libya and Tunisia in March, 2011.Davide Monteleone—VII
Ras Ajdir, Tunisia. 03/2011 - Border between Lybia and Tunisia. Refugee from Lybia in the camp. Community from bangadesh protesting for the conditions.
Refugees run to reach their transport to continue their journey in Libya, near the border with Egypt, May 18, 2014.
Zarzis, Tunisia - 03/2011. Migrants getting ready to board the boat to reach Italy from the coast of Tunisia.
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Kingsley, carnet de route d'un immigrant clandestin.
Kingsley, carnet de route d'un immigrant clandestin.
Kingsley, carnet de route d'un immigrant clandestin.
Italian navy rescues asylum seekers traveling by boat off the coast of Africa on the Mediterranean, June 7, 2014.
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Sub-Saharan migrants scale a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on May 28, 2014.
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Afghan refugees, Kabir and Zaher, sit by a fire in Subotica, Serbia on Nov. 10, 2012. Zaher, who lost his left leg below the knees, made it to Serbia on crutches. Zaher says he is 16 and Kabir 15. The two were traveling together from Greece. The men they lived outdoors in Subotica, waiting for smugglers to give the green light to continue their journey.
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Nawras Soukhta, a 15-year-old from Damascus, sits in the train traveling from Stockholm to Malmö, Sweden, a few hours after his plane lands in Sweden. After 11 days sailing to Italy from Turkey, and another week traveling through Italy, the train ride to Malmö is the final leg of a three-week journey he has made in the hopes of applying for asylum in Sweden.
Mansour, an immigrant from Mali waits a friend in downtown Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria on Dec. 7, 2014. He is in a shelter in south-western part of the city.
A pair of trousers lie on the seabed near the shipwreck of the 66-foot-long fishing boat that sank off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa lies at a depth of 164 ft. on the seabed, on Sept. 22, 2014. The tragedy that happened a year ago on Oct. 3, 2013 killed 366 migrants from North Africa.
Refugees from Libya rest in Ras Ajdir, a coastal town on the border between Libya and Tunisia in March, 2011.
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