The number of international migrants soared to 244 million this year, an increase of more than 40 percent from the year 2000, as economic need, global markets and a desire for better lives put more people on the move, the United Nations said.
More than twice as many asylum seekers and migrants —859,000, arrived illegally on the shores of Greece and Italy during the first 11 months of 2015 than in the previous five years combined, according to Frontex entry data.
A migrant lies on the railway track in front of Macedonian policemen during clashes at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Tension has flared on the Greek side of the Greece-Macedonia border when a migrant who was stopped from crossing into Macedonia, suffered severe burns when he climbed on top of a stationary train carriage and touched a overhead power cable. (Source: AP)