A new sea ambulance donated by Mercy Corps to a Turkish search-and-rescue team will save the lives of distressed seafarers, including refugees and migrants who undertake the dangerous sea-crossing to Greece.
The state-of-the-art boat, called Yaşam, which means “life” in Turkish, became the first water-based ambulance to be owned and operated by a nongovernmental association in Turkey when Mercy Corps gifted the vessel to the Bodrum Sea Rescue Association last month with funding secured from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO).
29,369 arrivals by sea in 2017
published 09:00 CET 04 April
363,401 arrivals in 2016
Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Apr 2017): 4,103
Total arrivals in Greece during Apr 2017: 96
Average daily arrivals during Apr 2017: 32
Average daily arrivals during Mar 2017: 49
Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 17
Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Apr 2017: 39
Dead and missing
272 dead - 152 missing (2015)
146 dead - 51 missing (Dec. 2016)
Switzerland - IOM reports that 29,369 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 2 April, with over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 172,089 through the first 93 days of 2016.
Monthly trend report
Covering mixed migration to, through & from NORTH AFRICA
About: MHub is the regional knowledge hub and secretariat for the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, comprising of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNODC. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensure the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.
Mediterranean 28,378 arrivals by sea in 2017
905 dead/missing in 2017
Trends of Arrivals in the Mediterranean
From 20 to 26 March, 414 persons arrived by sea to Greece. Chios recorded the majority of sea arrivals (224), followed by Lesvos (72) and Leros (72). A total of 3,783 persons reached the Greek shores from 01 January until 26 March 2017.
It is one year since the introduction of Europe’s flawed migration policies to close borders along the Western Balkan route and return migrants and refugees to Turkey, leaving thousands stranded in Greece. This update provides an overview of the current situation in Greece, and sets out what eight national and international responding agencies see as the most urgent issues to address and the major concerns with Europe’s response to this crisis.
In response to concerns regarding increased numbers of refugees and migrants arriving at their borders, several European States, including European Union (EU) Member States, have constructed fences along their borders and increased border controls, including internal border controls within the Schengen area*.
85% of refugees in Europe are fleeing explosive violence, new research finds
In the first research of its kind, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) set out to examine the impact of explosive violence on the refugee crisis in Europe.
Interviewing over 250 refugees in the UK Germany, and Greece, AOAV found in The Refugee Explosion, that 85% of those interviewed had witnessed explosive violence. In total, some 69% had witnessed shelling, 61% airstrikes, 58% Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks and 39% suicide attacks.
Mediterranean 28,378 arrivals by sea in 2017*
813 dead/missing in 2017
Trends of Sea Arrivals
From 01 January 2017, 20,580 persons arrived by sea, including 3,369 to Greece (as of 21 March), 19,549 to Italy (as of 21 March) and 1,000 to Spain (as of 31 January). As of 19 March, 537 people have died or gone missing while trying to reach Europe by sea, compared with 5,022 in the whole of 2016.
Athens (ICRC) – On 28 March, delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) met Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Greek president, to discuss the humanitarian situation in Greece and how to strengthen collaboration between the organization and the Greek government. Elli-Xeni Dimitriou, the chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court, also attended the meeting.
Patrick Vial, the ICRC's regional director for Europe and Central Asia, praised the humanitarian spirit of the Greeks and "the authorities' relentless efforts to meet the needs of migrants."
26,589 arrivals by sea in 2017
published 09:00 CET 28 March
363,401 arrivals in 2016
Switzerland - IOM reports that 27,850 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 29 March, over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 165,697 through the first 89 days of 2016.
NRC is opening a community centre in Chios this week to forge ties between refugees and residents. The EU funded community centre is designed to provide a space for refugees and locals to socialise, relax, learn and get information. The centre is called Agora, the Greek term for meeting place.
“We are linking refugees and asylum seekers with residents and underlining the similarities they have, rather than the differences,” says Gianmaria Pinto, NRC’s country director in Greece.
A modern-day meeting place
The Migration Geo-Portal aspires to promote a better understanding of migratory trends towards Europe through in-depth data analysis and visualisation. Our work focuses specifically on migrant arrivals, and fatal incidences during the sea journeys, to Italy, Greece, and Spain. We update the Migration Geoportal monthly giving insight into the most recent developments in the Mediterranean diaspora.
One out of ten respondents in a global survey said they would welcome refugees in their homes, while 80% overall said they would want their country to provide shelter.Respondents in China, Germany and the UK emerged as overall the most welcoming countries in the world.
Refugee rights subsiding? New AIDA comparative report
An AIDA comparative report launched today discusses the impact of Europe’s two-tier protection regime, distinguishing between refugee status and subsidiary protection, on the rights of those granted protection.
This study responds to NRC’s request to review possible housing alternatives to camps in Thessaloniki and its surrounding region (Greece). The report is divided into three parts: a context analysis, an urban study and study of the housing market, and recommendations for implementing the “urban housing" component of the NRC project.