More than 110,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Greece and Italy so far this year, and 413 have lost their lives trying, the International Organisation for Migration said Tuesday.

As of Tuesday morning, 102,547 people had arrived in Greece, while another 7,507 had arrived in Italy since the beginning of the year, IOM said.

Last year, the 100,000 mark was only topped during summer, IOM spokesman Itayi Viriri told reporters.

He said that out of the 413 people who had died trying to reach Europe, 321 had perished on the route to Greece.

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