GREECE, Thessaloniki: The Norwegian Refugee Council is providing apartments for refugees stranded in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, giving them a chance at regaining a normal life. When war came to the Syrian town of Kobani, the widow Shamza Misto fled with six of her eight children across the border to Turkey and then to Greece. From there, she planned to cross through the Balkans to join her son and daughter in Germany.
Switzerland - IOM reports that 13,924 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 22 February, with over 75 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Greece and Spain. This compares with 105,427 through the first 53 days of 2016.
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Brussels, 22 February 2017
Dear European leaders,
We, the undersigned non-governmental organisations, are deeply concerned with the direction of the EU-Libya policy as outlined in the Commission Communication on the Central Mediterranean (25.01.17) and reaffirmed in the conclusions of the Malta Summit (03.02.17) and the Council Conclusions (06.02.17), aiming to stop migratory movements through Libya.
The UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, in which over 250 000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region. After about 10 years, four Tsunami Watch Providers (TWPs) have been established: Turkey, Greece, Italy and France.
13,170 arrivals by sea in 2017
published 09:00 CET 19 February
363,401 arrivals in 2016
Total number of places: 19,287
33,981 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, self-settled, NGOs)
64,441 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities & UNHCR)
13,053 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities)
9,014 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, UNHCR)
UNHCR accommodation scheme 15,292 people
The trend of increased numbers of refugees and migrants on the Central Mediterranean route continues in 2017 - more than 80 per cent of all sea arrivals during the first 6 weeks of the year were registered in Italy.
Major risks confronted by refugee and migrant children and women along this route remain to be detention, extortion, gender-based violence, abuse, exploitation and drowning at sea.
2016 Key Figures
1: Turkey is the top refugee-hosting country in the world
28,901: Refugees submitted by UNHCR for resettlement (since 1 January 2016)
15,140: Refugees counselled on the work permit regulation by UNHCR and partners (Since March 2016)
24,703: Non-Syrian refugees and asylum seekers with specific needs identified by UNHCR and referred for assistance (since 1 January 2016)
32,047: Refugees and asylum-seekers received counselling from UNHCR Ankara (since 1 January 2016)
12,381 arrivals by sea in 2017
363,401 arrivals in 2016
Trends of Sea Arrivals
Between 06 and 12 February, 207 refugees and migrants arrived to Greece by sea – a decrease from the 460 who arrived the previous week. The number of sea arrivals fluctuated between 0 arrivals (09-12 February) and 57 (07 February). Kastelorizo recorded the majority of estimated sea arrivals (85), followed by Lesvos (54). Comparing with the previous week the average number of daily arrivals decreased from 66 to 30.
Switzerland - IOM reports that 12,381 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 15 February – just under 9,500 to Italy, just under 2,000 to Greece, and 1,000 to Spain. This compares with 84,645 arrivals during the first seven weeks of 2016 – 90 percent of whom arrived in Greece.
Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Feb 2017): 1,936
Total arrivals in Greece during Feb 2017: 543
Average daily arrivals during Feb 2017: 36
Average daily arrivals during Jan 2017: 45
Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 45
Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Feb 2017: 863
In 2016, migration pressure at Europe’s external borders remained high with the detection of over half a million illegal border-crossings. Frontex estimates that this figure corresponds to about 382 000 migrants coming to Europe from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Compared to the 1.8 million illegal border-crossings reported in 2015, 2016 saw a significant decrease, but this figure is still higher than any annual figure for arrivals between 2010 (104 060) and 2014 (282 933).
Author : Thomas Ruttig
21,000 estimated number of refugee and migrant children across Greece. Among them 2,200 UAC
2,792 children have been relocated from Greece, as of end of January Among them 233 UASC relocated or in the process to be relocated (4 November 2015 – 31 January 2016)
53 accompanied children have been returned to Turkey through the EUTurkey statement (20 March- 31 January 2016)