UNHCR plans for 1.4 million Mediterranean refugees in 2015-6
Refugees and migrants are seen on an overcrowded dinghy near the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos, while crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast - REUTERS

GENEVA: U.N. refugee agency UNHCR expects 1.4 million refugees to flee toEurope via the Mediterranean this year and next, it said in a revised appeal seen by Reuters on Thursday, a sharp rise from initial estimates of 850,000.

“UNHCR is planning for up to 700,000 people seeking safety and international protection inEurope in 2015,” the document said.

“…It is possible that there could be even greater numbers of arrivals in 2016, however planning is based for the moment on similar figures to 2015.”

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