More than 5,000 migrants crossed into Serbia on Sunday en route to western Europe, as Greece ferried more refugees from overcrowded islands to its mainland.
A record 50,000 migrants have landed in Greece by boat from Turkey in July, Reuters reported, and arrivals have exceeded 160,000 this year, exposing massive shortages in the country already mired in the worst economic crisis in generations.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Italy’s Coast Guard says it coordinated the rescue of 4,400 migrants from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday — the most in a single day — officials reported.
Italian, Norwegian and Irish naval forces carried out the rescues in 22 separate operations, the Associated Press reported, after smugglers took advantage of ideal sea conditions off the coast of Libya to pack migrants onto a fleet of unseaworthy boats and inflatable dinghies.
So far in 2015, about 110,000 migrants have been rescued off of Libya and brought to southern Italian ports.