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A record number of refugees have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year, breaching the half million mark for the past nine months, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
As of Tuesday, the group said 522,124 people had travelled by sea to reach the continent.
Some 388,000 have entered via Greece, and more than 175,000 of the total came from Syria — the largest single refugee source as a country.
IOM estimated that 2,892 people have died attempting the crossing. The majority of those deaths were among people seeking to reach Italy via North Africa.