Migrants and asylum seekers cross the Greek-Macedonian border AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV

Record 218,000 migrants crossed Mediterranean in October: UN

More than 218,000 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in October — a monthly record and nearly the same number of crossings for all of 2014, the United Nations said Monday.

“Last month was a record month for arrivals,” UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards told AFP, pointing out that “arrivals in October parallelled the entire 2014.”

In October, 218,394 people made the perilous crossing — all but 8,000 of them landing in Greece — compared to 219,000 arrivals during all of last year, UN figures showed.

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