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22 killed as migrant boat capsizes off Turkish coast

The boat sank off Edremit on Turkey's western coast, close to the Greek island of Lesbos. Credit: Google Maps

Twenty-two people have drowned after a boat carrying migrants capsized en route to Greece, the Turkish coast guard has said.

The boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast in the Edremit area of Balikesir province, as those on board sought to reach a Greek island, an official said.

Separately, the Dogan news agency said 11 migrants died and three were rescued when another boat sank further south off the cost of Dikili in the Izmir province.

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Refugees and migrants entering Europe in 2015 set to hit 1m

Refugees and migrants try to leave a boat as they arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos in November 2015. Credit: Reuters

The number of migrants and refugees entering Europe is expected to pass one million by 22 December, the International Organisation for Migration has said.

The organisation estimates that so far in 2015, 991,000 migrants and refugees have crossed European borders, seeking a better life or fleeing from conflict.

The flow of people into Greece "remains robust and dangerous" at around 4,300 daily, the group also said.

Since 16 October, there have been 422 deaths at sea, an average of seven a day, according to the group.

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Refugees 'refused entry to Macedonia due to nationality'

An estimated 1,000 refugees and migrants are stuck on the Greek border with Macedonia after some were refused entry because of their nationality, the United Nations said.

"A new humanitarian situation is developing in Europe that needs urgent attention," Adrian Edwards of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told a news briefing.

Refugees and migrants wait to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia. Credit: Reuters

Refugees sew mouths shut in border crossing protest

Two of the six refugees who have sewn their mouths shut. Credit: APTN

Six Iranian refugees have sewn their mouths shut as part of a protest at the Greece-Macedonia border.

They took the step as hundreds of refugees, many from Iran and Morocco, protested for a fourth successive day at the border near the village of Idomeni.

Macedonia and other Balkan countries have tightened border controls in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks on November 13, which left 130 people dead.

Police said 2,900 people crossed the border into Macedonia in the 24 hours before 6am local time on Monday, down from more than 6,000 the previous day.

Protests have been taking place at the Greece-Macedonia border. Credit: APTN
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