ANKARA 

A total of 91,568 irregular migrants and refugees reached Europe by sea in 2019 so far, the UN Migration Agency said on Friday.

According to a report issued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 1,091 other irregular migrants and refugees lost their lives while making the treacherous journey to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea.

During the same period last year, nearly 103,347 refugees and migrants were able to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea, while 2,117 others drowned at sea.

This year, 50,371 irregular migrants and refugees arrived in Greece — more than half of the total arrivals.

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