Illegal migrants are seen in the Libyan city of Benghazi, before being repatriated, on January 2, 2018. / AFP / Abdullah DOMA
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Slightly fewer than half as many migrants reached Europe by sea in 2017 than 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday, with curbs finally cutting traffic on the deadly route from Libya to Italy.Two years after more than a million people entered the EU, mostly fleeing war in the Middle East and poverty in Africa, the IOM recorded 171,635 arrivals by boat in 2017 . In 2016, some 173,614 migrants arrived by sea in Greece, according to IOM figures.Some 21,663 migrants arrived in Spain as of Dec. 28 last year, while 1,067 landed in Cyprus, preliminary figures show.The number of migrant deaths at sea has not been finalized, but stands at 3,116, compared to 5,143 recorded in 2016, Millman said.
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