Brussels, 10 February 2016
Implementing the European Agenda on Migration: Commission reports on progress in Greece, Italy and the Western Balkans
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.
Brussels, 10.2.2016 C(2016) 871 final
COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION of 10.2.2016 addressed to the Hellenic Republic on the urgent measures to be taken by Greece in view of the resumption of transfers under Regulation (EU) No. 604/2013
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 292 thereof,
Total capacity: 11,865
Total First Reception capacity (Islands): 7,835
Total First Reception capacity (Evros): 240
Total Second line Reception capacity: 3,790
Total arrivals in Chios (Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2016): 135,617
Total arrivals in Chios during Feb 2016: 2,254
Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 282
Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 413
% of arrivals in Chios compared to total (2016): 21%
Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations by UNHCR and partners' field activities): 234
Estimated departures to mainland (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 265
Total arrivals in Samos (Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2016): 109,555
Total arrivals in Samos during Feb 2016: 477
Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 60
Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 152
% of arrivals in Samos compared to total in Greece (2016) : 7%
Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on UNHCR estimations)): 520
Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimates provided by authorities): 117
By Caroline Haga, IFRC
Chios and Samos are two of the islands that since last summer have seen tens of thousands of people arrive on their shores in search of safety. When numbers peaked in the autumn, the Spanish Red Cross stepped in with medical staff and experts in psychosocial support to support the Hellenic Red Cross (HRC)and 66,000 migrants.
Total arrivals in Lesvos (01 Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2016): 543,073
Total arrivals in Lesvos during Feb 2016: 6,880
Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 860
Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 1,167
% of arrivals in Lesvos compared to total: 60%
Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 2,035
Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimates provided by authorities): 777
76,263 arrivals by sea in 2016
409 dead/missing in 2016
as of 10:00 CET 9 February
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
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.
Greece - IOM estimates that over 76,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by sea through the first six weeks of 2016. The daily average of nearly 2,000 arrivals is nearly ten times the daily average of a year ago.
Through 8 February, IOM has recorded 409 fatalities on Mediterranean routes: 319 of the dead or missing were on the Eastern Mediterranean route connecting Turkey to Greece and 90 on the Central Mediterranean route between North Africa and Italy.
Source: Reuters - Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:16 GMT
ATHENS, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Greece said on Monday it would have migrant registration centres running by next week, under pressure from EU partners threatening to sideline it from passport-free travel unless it does more to contain refugees.
Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet.
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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.
Despite the harsh winter conditions, the flow of refugees and migrants from Turkey into Greece remains high. Every day, between 2 000 and 3 000 people land on Greek islands and they need basic emergency assistance.
The European Commission and EU Member States have been supporting Greece in managing the continuing arrival of refugees and migrants by providing emergency assistance items and equipment.