4,500 migrants picked up in one day

4,500 migrants picked up in one day
The illegal migration to Europe across the Mediterranean continues full force.

More than 4,500 illegal migrants were picked up Tuesday on their way from North Africa across the Mediterranean, informs the Italian coastguard, according to several international news agencies.

According to AFP, a single ship picked up a total of 1,100 people from a wooden boat and five dinghies. On the wooden boat there were, according to the Coast Guard, 435 migrants on board, including 124 women and 18 children.

The EU's border control Frontex and EU's anti-smuggling task force were responsible for part of the about 30 rescue missions Tuesday.

Since the so-called Balkan route from Turkey via Greece has been closed, Italy is the country that most migrants arrive to from the sea.

Between January and June 2016, Italy has received 70,930 migrants, according to the Italian Interior Ministry, reports AFP.

More than 10,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean since 2014. The figures come from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

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