Arrivals and Departures: Fluctuations in the number of arrivals to different Greek Islands compared to previous trends were observed, particularly with an increase of arrivals to the island of Chios.
Planning and Preparation: The Refugee Coordinator of the Austrian Federal Government, Christian Konrad, started a fundraising campaign together with the Austrian Red Cross and a wellknown advertising agency with the aim to collect money for additional housing for asylum-seekers. One house for up to 40 asylum-seekers (with flats for up to 5 persons each) amounts to EUR 500,000. The campaign is also supported by most of Austrian media.
On 30 January, a boat heading to Lesvos capsized, taking the lives of 37 people. Seventy-five people were rescued from the sea in Canakkale. On 2 February, according to the Turkish Coast Guard, a boat capsized off the coast of Turkey, at Seferihisar in the Izmir province. Nine people, including two babies, drowned and 13 people were rescued.
Sea arrivals to Greece reduced to an average of 13,500 per week in January, from 22,500 in December. Numbers fluctuate from 0-5,000 per day. Service provision becomes inadequate when high numbers of migrants arrive and when onward transport to the mainland is disrupted causing temporary build ups to occur. Similar issues occur at Idomeni, where there are recurrent border closures.
The conditions migrants find in Greece are still mostly inadequate, whilst conditions further along the route have improved.
Arrivals and Departures: During the week of 1-7 February, the lowest rate of arrivals to the Greek Islands in 2016 was recorded.
Situation at Borders: In Greece, road blockages caused by public peaceful protests prevented people from traveling to the border crossing between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
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Austria and Hungary on Saturday warned that if Greece cannot control the flood of refugees arriving from Turkey then the EU should consider reinforcing the borders of their Balkan neighbours.
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, whose country has set a refugee cap of 37,500 for this year, said the European Union did not seem to fully realise "how serious the situation is."
Over 15 million people have been displaced due to conflict in Syria and Iraq.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented at least 260,000 Syrians killed in the conflict since it began in 2011. The UN reported at least 26,600 Iraqis killed from 2014-2015 due to acts of terrorism and violence.
89% of Syrian and Iraqi refugees remain in the region.
13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 4.5 million people living in hard to reach areas.
VIENNA, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Austria's Finance Minister Hans-Joerg Schelling has asked the European Commission to provide 600 million euros ($670 million) to cover the costs of taking in additional refugees, a ministry spokesman said on Saturday.
Arrivals and Departures: The number of sea arrivals to Europe during the first four days of February 2016 has surpassed the total number of sea arrivals for the entire month of February 2015. In Greece, there was a noticeable decrease in the number arrivals from 3,299 on 3 February to 565 on 4 February, possibly due to deteriorating weather conditions.
Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.
See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.
Arrivals and Departures: In the last nine days, arrivals to the Greek Islands stabilised with an average of 2,250 arrivals per day. According to the Turkish Coast Guard, a boat capsized off the coast of Turkey, at Seferihisar in Izmir province.
Missing their families, frustrated by difficulties and fed up with living in stadiums with hundreds of others, migrants are leaving Austria in record numbers and returning home. Alison Langley reports from Vienna.##
Hussein Mohammed broke down in tears when he heard a 14-year old boy in a wheelchair talk about his mother. The boy, a Kurd, said in near-perfect German that he and his father had arrived in Austria for medical help a year ago.
Arrivals and Departures: In Greece, there were over 60,500 arrivals in January 2016, compared to almost 1,700 arrivals in January 2015. The beginning of 2016 saw a record number of deaths, with the number of people who have died or gone missing trying to reach Europe by sea surging in January to over 344 people. On 1 February, the number of arrivals to Greece decreased to 1,244 compared to 2,105 the previous day despite improved weather conditions.
Arrivals and Departures: The Greek Islands, in particular Lesvos and Chios, became congested due to the combined effect of the extended ferry strike and continued arrivals linked to better weather conditions. Humanitarian actors, in coordination with relevant authorities, activated contingency measures at each location to expand accommodation capacity.
Following the end of the strike on 31 January, over 5,000 people departed from the islands to mainland Greece.
Arrivals and Departures: As of 28 January, more than 50,000 people have arrived to Greek shores this year. Despite the number of arrivals to the Greek shores slightly increasing, no significant change was observed. Due to the ongoing ferry strike, departures from the islands to the mainland were delayed as compared to the regular schedule leading to over 7,000 people remaining on the islands.
Arrivals and Departures: People continued arriving by sea to the Greek shores. No significant fluctuation in their numbers was observed. The ongoing ferry strike delayed departures from the islands to the mainland.