Migrant crossings soar 80%
The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea to southern Europe was more than 80% higher in the first half of 2015 than a year earlier and deaths also soared, the UN refugee agency said.
Data from Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain showed 137,000 migrants arriving between January and June - up from 75,000 in the first half of last year, an 83% increase.
One third were from Syria, while Eritreans accounted for 12% of the new arrivals and Afghans 11%.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of people who died making the crossing totalled 1,867, up from 588 a year earlier. However, it said there was a dramatic drop after an unprecedented 1,308 people died in April.