4. UNHCR reported in September that 47,000 Syrians had sought asylum in the European Union since the start of the conflict.
7. By contrast, 6,233 Syrians, traveling in 63 boats, have landed in Italy since August, according to UNHCR.
8. On October 11, a boat carrying as many as 500 people, many from Syria, sank off the coast of Malta after departing from Libya. This woman and her son were among the luckier ones: up to 300 people are still missing.
Survivors claimed that Libyan officials fired on the boat two hours after departing. Libyan authorities denied involvement.