Number of Illegal Migrants to the EU Tripled

According to the official data released, the number of migrants entering the European Union by irregular means tripled last month as compared to that of a year ago, many of them landing on Greek islands after fleeing conflict in Syria, Reuters reports.

The European Union’s border control agency Frontex highlighted the scale of a crisis that has led to more than 2,000 deaths this year as desperate migrants take to rickety boats.

Italian police has arrest eight suspected human traffickers who are accused in forcing migrants to stay in the hold of a fishing boat in the Mediterranean as 49 of them suffocated on engine fumes.

Some of those traffickers were accused of kicking the heads of the migrants when they tried to climb out of the hold as the air became unbreathable.