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Mediterranean Migrant and Refugee Arrivals Top 83,000 in 2016

International Organization for Migration

Témoignages.re / 12 February 2016

Migrant and refugee arrivals in Europe in 2016 yesterday reached an estimated 83,201, with some 77,303 of those arriving in the Greek islands from Turkey, according to International Organization for Migration.

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The number of arrivals in Greece by sea has fallen in February due to bad weather. An estimated 5,110 migrants arrived in the first ten days of February, compared to 72,193 in the whole of January.

Last weekend’s high winds and low temperatures, which saw ferry services to the islands diverted due to rough seas, resulted in a dramatic drop in the number of migrants risking their lives trying to reach Greece.

IOM Greece staff say that only 84 migrants and refugees arrived on the islands from Turkey on February 5th and just seven on February 6th.

According to Greek police, some 44 per cent of January arrivals were Syrian, 27 per cent Afghan, and 17 per cent Iraqi. All three nationalities have been allowed to leave Greece and enter the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on route to Western Europe. The remaining 12 per cent included large numbers of Pakistanis and Iranians. Some 44 per cent of the arrivals were men, 22 per cent women and 34 per cent children. 

Mediterranean Developments

Arrivals by sea and deaths 1st January – 11th February 2016

1 Jan – 11 Feb 20161 Jan – 28 Feb 2015
 Country Arrivals Deaths Arrivals Deaths
Greece 77,303* 320 (Eastern Med route) 3,952 428 (includes all Med routes)
Italy 5,898 90 (Central Med route) 7,882
Estimated Total 83,201  410 11,834 428

*Data for Greece is provided by IOM Greece and Greek authorities.

*Data for Italy is provided by the Italian Ministry of Interior.

Arrivals by sea and deaths in the Mediterranean - TOTAL 2015

 CountryArrivalsDeaths
Italy 153,842 2,892 (Central Med route)
Malta 106
Greece 853,650 806 (Eastern Med route)
Cyprus 269
Spain 3,845 72 (Western Med route)
Estimated Total 1,011,712 3,770

 

ARRIVALS BY SEA IN ITALY – MAIN COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN JANUARY 2015 vs JANUARY 2016(Source: Italian Ministry of Interior)
Main Countries of Origin 2015 2016
Nigeria 109 905
Gambia 451 676
Guinea 105 504
Senegal 428 493
Morocco 93 483
Mali 436 393
Côte d’Ivoire 131 332
Somalia 405 274
Total, All Countries of Origin 3,528 5,273
  ARRIVALS BY SEA IN ITALY JANUARY – DECEMBER 2014 / 2015
  2014 2015
January 2,171 3,528
February 3,335 4,354
March 5,459 2,283
April 15,679 16,063
May 14,599 21,221
June 22,641 22,905
July 24,031 23,186
August 24,774 22,607
September 26,107 15,924
October 15,393 8,916
November 9,179 3,218
December 6,732 9,637
TOTAL 170,100 153,842
     
ARRIVALS BY SEA IN ITALY – MAIN COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN JANUARY – DECEMBER 2014 VS. 2015
Main Countries of Origin 2014 2015
Eritrea 34,329 39,162
Nigeria 9,000 22,237
Somalia 5,756 12,433
Sudan 3,139 8,932
Syria 42,323 7,448
Gambia 8,707 8,454
Total, All Countries of Origin 170,100 153,842

 

Arrivals by sea in Greece 2016

 

 Arrivals by sea to GREECE - MAIN NATIONALITIES JAnuary- December 2015
Main Countries of Origin Total
Syria 475,902
Afghanistan 205,858
Iraq 86,989
Pakistan 23,260
Iran 22,276


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