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Bavaria: Almost 170,000 migrants came in Sept.


  Bavaria's governor says 169,400 migrants have arrived in the southeastern German state, by far the main point of entry to the country, since the beginning of September.
   Gov. Horst Seehofer gave the figure Tuesday and said 10,000 people arrived on Monday alone, the dpa news agency reported. Seehofer, a conservative ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been critical of her decision several weeks ago to allow in refugees who had piled up in Hungary. He said "these are dimensions that in the past we didn't have in a whole year."
   Most migrants arrive in Germany via Austria, and all of Germany's border with that country is in Bavaria. Many are then taken elsewhere in Germany. Germany introduced border checks on Sept. 13 to ease the registration process while so many newcomers were flooding in.
   12:40 p.m.
   Asylum-seekers are slogging through rain and mud-caked roads in Croatia, as worsening fall weather plagues their journeys to seek sanctuary in richer European countries.
   Some 85,000 migrants have entered Croatia since Sept. 15, when Hungary closed its border with Serbia. That action diverted people to this economically struggling Balkan nation of 4.2 million, swelling roads near its border with thousands fleeing conflict and poverty from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
   Tuesday's constant rain inflicted misery all around. Aid workers handed out dry clothes and described their horror at seeing infants soaked to the skin through layer after layer of wet clothes.
   Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic plans to visit the migrant transit camp at Opatovac, near the Serb border, later Tuesday.
   11:55 a.m.
   The International Organization for Migration says a record number of people have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year, now topping a half a million.
   As of Tuesday, the group says 522,124 people have traveled by sea to reach the continent this year. Some 388,000 have entered via Greece, more than 175,000 of them from war-torn Syria -- the largest single refugee source as a country. Another 6,710 Syrians entered through Italy.
   IOM estimated that 2,892 people have died trying the crossing -- the vast majority of those deaths coming among people seeking to reach Italy via North Africa.
   The influx has strained the 28-nation European Union and prompted a rash of border closures. This year's influx has long since passed the previous record, some 219,000 people last year.
   11:35 p.m.
   Poland's prime minister says her government will take steps to bring in tens of thousands of ethnic Poles now living in Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
   The long-neglected issue was raised recently amid heated debates over 7,000 refugees from the Middle East that Poland is to host. Critics of the European Union refugee program say Poland's first obligation should be toward ethnic Poles expelled from their homes under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and to their descendants.
   Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said Tuesday the Cabinet will earmark 30 million zlotys ($8 million) for the "repatriation" of ethnic Poles.
   Poland has brought in some families from Kazakhstan and conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, but the needs are much greater.
   10:05 a.m.
   French authorities say a 20-year-old Iraqi migrant who apparently was trying to sneak across the English Channel to Britain has been found crushed to death in a truck.
   The administration for the Pas de Calais region said the man's body was found Tuesday morning by a Hungarian truck driver when he was inspecting his cargo in the Calais port.
   Officials say the victim was traveling with two other family members who were unhurt. The young Iraqi was the 12th person to die trying to cross the Channel since June, the administration said.
   Thousands of migrants from Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere are living in filthy camps around Calais.
   10:00 a.m.
   Danish police say one of its officers was stabbed several times in the stomach inside Denmark's largest asylum center.
   Spokesman Henrik Suhr says the male officer, whom he didn't identify, was no longer in a life-threatening condition.
   Police have cordoned off the area around the center north of Copenhagen where newly arrived refugees are registered. It also houses those who have had their application rejected and are waiting to be deported.
   Suhr added no arrests have been made, adding police were searching for suspects. The motive for the Tuesday morning stabbing at Center Sandholm was not known.

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