Record 432,761 refugees, migrants have crossed Med this year -IOM
A volunteer distributes hot food to migrants near a collection point in Roszke, Hungary September 11, 2015. Hungary said on Thursday it expected to finish building a fence along its border with Serbia by early October, and indicated it would call a "state of crisis" next week as the right-wing government readies a clampdown on migrants and refugees streaming through the Balkans. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

GENEVA: A record 432,761 refugees and migrants have crossed theMediterranean so far in 2015, more than doubling the total for all of last year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

The Geneva-based agency released latest figures showing an estimated 309,356 people had arrived by sea in Greece by earlier this week, with another 121,139 arriving in Italy, 2,166 inSpain and 100 in Malta.

This was a record and compared with 197,940 people who arrived by sea in those four European countries in all of 2014, IOM spokesman Daniel Szabo told Reuters in response to a query.

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