IOM: More than 62,000 migrant arrivals in Greece last month

There were more than 360 deaths among migrants in the waters off Greece, Turkey & Italy last month.

FILE: Migrants and refugees warm themselves by a fire as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near Idomeni, on 20 January 2016.Picture: AFP.

GENEVA - The total number of migrants and refugees arriving in Greece in January topped 62,000, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

"[It] is many, many times what we saw a year ago in the previous January," IOM spokesman Joel Millman said.

He added that there were more than 360 deaths among migrants in the waters off Greece, Turkey and Italy during the month.