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26 Sep 2016 description

Total Mainland

38,263 people (Official & unofficial sites, self-settled est.)

56,228 capacity (Official sites & UNHCR)

Total Islands

13,948 people 7,450 capacity

UNHCR accommodation scheme

8,633 people

26 Sep 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 25 Sep 2016): 166,347
Total arrivals in Greece during Sep 2016:2,603
Average daily arrivals during Sep 2016: 104
Average daily arrivals during Aug 2016: 111
Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 45
Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Sep 2016: 1,394

Dead and missing
272 dead - 152 missing (2015)
142 dead - 51 missing (31 July 2016)

26 Sep 2016 description


  • Greece: IOM has completed the installation of communication containers in six sites/ camps where IOM has permanent presence (three in Attica and three in Northern Greece).
25 Sep 2016 description

Key messages

  • Rich countries are violating international norms on refugee protection and asylum, both in spirit and in practice, causing an erosion of refugee protection worldwide that risks overturning the international refugee regime.

  • Restrictive refugee policies in contexts such as Australia and Europe are creating ‘ripple effects’, fostering negative developments in lower-income countries such as Indonesia, Kenya and Jordan.

24 Sep 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports that 300,450 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 September, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 166,050 people have arrived in Greece and 130,567 in Italy during 2016.

Totals in 2015 through the entire month of September last year were 518,181 – nearly 50 percent higher than 2016’s totals, with slightly over a week remaining in September.

23 Sep 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Following the fire that destroyed a large part of the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, life seems to be back to normal - but not for everyone. Marianna Karakoulaki and Dimitris Tosidis report from Lesbos.

Compared to the refugee camps on the Greek mainland, Moria looks like a terrifying creation. A triple-level wired fence at the front, barbed wire everywhere, and the Greek military, police and riot police constantly present. It seems like an open-air prison with thousands of people living inside. Media access is restricted.

23 Sep 2016 description
report European Commission

eurostat news release 181/2016

Syrians continued to be the most numerous

During the second quarter of 2016 (from April to June 2016), 305 700 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), up by 6% compared with the first quarter of 2016 (when 287 100 first time applicants were registered).

23 Sep 2016 description

51,031* migrants assisted with Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) from 1 January to 30 June 2016

23 Sep 2016 description

300,450 arrivals by sea in 2016
3,501 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 23 September
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

22 Sep 2016 description

By Anita Dullard

Volunteers in Greece have been helping children get in touch with their loved ones after a blaze tore through a migration reception centre on the island of Lesvos on Monday.

Members of the Hellenic Red Cross youth team were on hand to support unaccompanied children and teenagers who were forced to evacuate Moria camp for temporary accommodation following the fire. The volunteers provided phones and wifi so the youngsters could call friends and family to let them know they were safe.

22 Sep 2016 description

The EU Relocation Scheme: Based on European Commission proposals, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted two decisions in September 2015 for the relocation of 160,000 asylum-seekers from frontline EU Member States. As per the decisions, 66,400 persons are to be relocated from Greece and 39,600 from Italy over a two-year period (September 2015-September 2017) to support their asylum systems and provide protection.

22 Sep 2016 description


22 Sep 2016 description
report Cruz Roja Española

Unas 295.000 personas migrantes y refugiadas han accedido a Europa por mar este año.

Cruz Roja ha asistido a más de 360.000 personas sólo en Grecia desde el inicio de la crisis.

Cerca de 295.000 personas migrantes y refugiadas han accedido a Europa por mar este año. Y más de 3.200 han perdido la vida en el Mediterráneo o se encuentran desaparecidas.

22 Sep 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

UNHRD welcomed the Austrian Government as a Partner after signing a Technical Agreement in 2015 to further support their response efforts in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. Less than a week after the signing, at the request of Austria, a team of UNHRD and WFP Field Engineering was on the ground to conduct an assessment mission. First shipments arrived in Traiskirchen in December.

In addition, relief items and support equipment were sent to Serbia and Greece on behalf of the French Government, and Turkey on behalf of the Italian Governments.

21 Sep 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Monday’s night fire at Moria, Greece’s biggest refugee “hotspot” on the island of Lesbos, is a stark reminder of the dangerous impact of both the European Union’s flawed refugee policies and Greece’s failure to provide genuine protection to asylum seekers and migrants throughout the country.

21 Sep 2016 description

Azad and Nashmia fled northern Iraq the day that 10 of their family members were kidnapped. Their only thought was to get to somewhere safe, somewhere that could protect them from the violence and uncertainty they faced every day in their village.

“Daesh took my sisters and brothers. So I left with my wife. We walked through Turkey to get to Greece because we didn’t have any money to pay smugglers. It took 11 days. Since we left, we have not heard anything from the rest of our family. We hope they are hiding in the mountains,” says Azad.

21 Sep 2016 description

Rosetta, Egypt | AFP | Wednesday 9/21/2016 - 21:12 GMT

by Haitham El-Tabei

A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast on Wednesday, drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said.

The vessel overturned off the port city of Rosetta, police and health officials said.

Five survivors, handcuffed to beds in a Rosetta hospital room, told AFP up to 450 people were on board.

20 Sep 2016 description
report Save the Children

Following a fire that ripped through Moria detention centre last night, Save the Children is calling for urgent action to ease the severe congestion in detention centres on the Greek islands, and re-consider an EU-Turkey deal that has so far proven catastrophic for the migrants and refugees affected by it.

The fire caused extensive damage to Moria detention centre, destroying tents and housing units, and leaving many children and families without a place to sleep. Reports suggest that at least 30 people were injured during the incident.