A report published on refugees through the Mediterranean bursts the myth that migrants are coming to Europe for economic reason and shows most people arriving in Europe by sea are fleeing persecution, war and famine.

In 2015, over 80% of estimated 1,008,616 arrivals were from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, with a fourth of them were children. Only a fifth were economic migrants.

The study, titled MAPPING REFUGEE RECEPTION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, was based on 750 questionnaires and more than 100 interviews carried out at reception centres in Greece, Italy and Malta.

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