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Movements by boat

The number of people seeking asylum arriving in Australia by boat in any year peaked at 20,587 in 2013. Since January 2009, Australia has received 51,781 boat arrivals (excluding crew). Around 1,200 people are believed to have lost their lives at sea en route to Australia over the same period. The number of boat movements across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen from 2009 to 2013 totalled 406,511. Over the same period, boat movements across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain totalled 189,432.
Irregular boat journeys across the Mediterranean increased dramatically in 2014, with UNHCR estimating the number of boat passengers at more than 218,000. Of these, about 3,500 people lost their lives.  In the first four months of 2015, some 60,000 people have attempted to cross the Mediterranean, with more than 1,800 dying.  The number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Burma across the Bay of Bengal since 2013 is estimated at more than 100,000. Of these, 1,500 to 2,000 are believed to have died.

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