New statistics REVEAL how many migrants have arrived in EUROPE by boat in 2017 so far

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New statistics reveal that more than 148,000 have arrived in Europe from boats since 1st January of this year.

Data compiled by the IMO Global Migration Data Analysis Centre shows that Italy saw the most arrivals, with 111,166 arrivals to date, down from 149,175 during the same period last year.

Greece had 22,861 arrivals, down from 169,302 last year, while neighbouring Cyprus received 818, an increase on the 345 which arrived last year.

Spain saw its arrivals nearly triple to 13,977, an enormous increase largely due to the cracking down of people crossing from Libya into Italy.

Arrivals in Europe as a whole have reduced dramatically since last year. However, the figures are still unsustainable.

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