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More than 1,000 migrants reach Greece in a day, 5-month total exceeds number for all of 2014

  • A migrants receives medical care after he was disembark from the Swedish Coast Guard ship KBV 001 Poseidon at Messina harbor, Italy, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Over the last weekend, nearly 6,000 migrants were rescued by an array of European military vessels, including 2,371 who were saved on Sunday from 15 boats that ran into difficulty shortly after smugglers set off with them from Libyan shores, the Italian coast guard said. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)

    A migrants receives medical care after he was disembark from the Swedish Coast Guard ship KBV 001 Poseidon at Messina harbor, Italy, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Over the last weekend, nearly 6,000 migrants were rescued by an array of European military vessels, including 2,371 who were saved on Sunday from 15 boats that ran into difficulty shortly after smugglers set off with them from Libyan shores, the Italian coast guard said. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday June 8, 2015 file photo, rescued migrants disembark from the Irish Navy ship Le Eithne at the Taranto harbor, Italy. Heartened by recent election successes by an anti-immigrant party, Italian politicians based in the north vowed Sunday not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as thousands more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers' boats in distress. (AP Photo/Gaetano Lo Porto, File)

    FILE - In this Monday June 8, 2015 file photo, rescued migrants disembark from the Irish Navy ship Le Eithne at the Taranto harbor, Italy. Heartened by recent election successes by an anti-immigrant party, Italian politicians based in the north vowed Sunday not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as thousands more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers' boats in distress. (AP Photo/Gaetano Lo Porto, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday June 2, 2015 file photo, a migrant from Syria waits at the port of Kos island, Greece, after she and others were rescued by the Greek Coast Guard while they were trying to cross from Turkey to Greece on a dinghy. Greece and Italy are the main points of entry into the European Union for refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East and Africa hoping to reach other European Union countries. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday June 2, 2015 file photo, a migrant from Syria waits at the port of Kos island, Greece, after she and others were rescued by the Greek Coast Guard while they were trying to cross from Turkey to Greece on a dinghy. Greece and Italy are the main points of entry into the European Union for refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East and Africa hoping to reach other European Union countries. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)  (The Associated Press)

Greek authorities say more than 1,000 people entered the country illegally by sea in a day, bringing the five-month total to about 50,000 — well above the full number of migrant arrivals for all of 2014.

Greece is a close second to Italy in migrant arrivals this year.

The coast guard says 670 people were rescued since early Tuesday in the eastern Aegean Sea and south of Crete, where 263 people were found in one small vessel. Another 361 were found on the island of Lesvos. About nine in 10 arrivals this year came from war-torn parts of the Middle East — principally Syria — and Africa.

More than 100,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean for Europe so far this year, and close to 2,000 died or are missing.