A man carries a girl in his arm as migrants arrive at a coast on a dinghy after crossing from Turkey in the southeastern island of Kos, Greece, during the sunrise early Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Turkish efforts to stop traffickers from sending large "ghost ships" crammed with migrants towards Italy has sparked the surge in arrivals in Greece, the International Organization for Migration said Thursday.IOM spokesman Joel Millman said the main explanation for the surge in numbers of people arriving in Greece was a Turkish crackdown on traffickers' attempts to acquire large metal freighters to use as migrant "ghost ships" heading to Italy.A number of these boats made it into Italian waters, and the migrants onboard made it to Italy.Some 124,000 refugees and migrants landed on the Greek islands during the first seven months of the year -- up 750 percent from 2014, according to UN figures.
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