More migrants crossing Mediterranean Sea
Unesco says over 300,000 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe this year.
JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations Refugee Commission says more than 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe this year, surpassing last year's 219,000.
It estimates that more than 2,500 people have died trying to reach Europe but this figure does not include the 200 people feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya yesterday.
Last year 3,500 people died making the journey.
In the latest tragedy the bodies of more than 70 people were found in an abandoned truck in Austria this week.
Unesco's head of migration Lorenzo Fioramonti says a lack of solidarity among European nations is prejudicing certain countries.
"Europe is not able to show solidarity within Europe itself so that some of the countries like Hungary, Austria, Italy, Spain and Greece are burning the brunt because of the chaos and their geographical position."