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35,000 Migrants Have Arrived In Southern Europe By Boat So Far This Year

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I’ve been working with NPR to discuss a number of the week. This time it’s 35,000 — that’s the number of asylum-seekers and migrants who have arrived by boat in southern Europe so far in 2015. After more than 700 people died in the Mediterranean attempting such a crossing last week, I spoke with NPR’s Weekend Edition team to describe the (often dangerous) routes that people take and estimate the number of people who take them.

You can listen to the segment above or explore this this interactive map from the EU border agency Frontex.

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Mona Chalabi is data editor at the Guardian US, and a columnist at New York Magazine. She was previously a lead news writer for FiveThirtyEight.