UNHCR cuts 2016 estimate for refugee arrivals in Europe

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Posted: Jun 13, 2016 3:33 PM

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency said on Monday it expects 248,000 refugees and migrants to arrive in Europe via the Eastern Mediterranean this year, far lower than the "up to 1 million" it foresaw at the start of the year.

The figure includes 156,000 who have already arrived, UNHCR said in an update of a regional refugee plan first issued in January. The document did not cover the other major migration route into Europe, from Libya to Italy.

(Reporting by Tom Miles)