A man holds up a sign reading 'Where is Humanity gone!!!!' as migrants and refugees cross the Greece-Macedonia border, near the village of Idomeni on November 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO /Sakis Mitrolidis
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A growing number of Syrians are flying to Mauritania before making long and dangerous journeys through the Sahara Desert toward Europe, and more may follow as European nations restrict entry at their land borders, experts said Thursday.Hundreds of Syrians have registered as refugees or asylum seekers in the West African nation this year, but many do not register and the number flying to the capital Nouakchott on their way to Europe is probably far higher, experts say.More than 800,000 asylum seekers and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean this year, half of them Syrians, and the number is expected to top a million by end-year, the U.N. refugee agency has said.Syrians heading for Europe do not register with agencies in Mauritania, the UNHCR said, so the number crossing the Sahara is unclear.
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