Migrant crisis getting worse: While politicians dither thousands more flood Europe

As UK politicians struggle to get to grips with the electorate’s momentous decision to leave the EU, one of the major issues behind the vote is getting worse by the day, official figures show.

The statistics, which critics said proved the EU’s immigration policy was a “complete failure”, show alarming rises in seabound attempts to enter Europe.

The new study from the International Organisation for Migration, an internationally funded research body with offices in 100 countries, found that some 227,316 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 – mainly arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

The flow of migrants has increased from 141,969 in the same period last year and one observer condemned the record numbers as an “utter failure of EU migration policy”

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