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)
eurostat news release 254/2016
Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis were the most numerous
During the third quarter of 2016 (from July to September), 358 300 first time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU), up by 17% compared with the second quarter of 2016 (when 305 700 first time applicants were registered). From January to September 2016, more than 950 000 first time asylum seekers were registered in the EU Member States.
Total number of places: 19,381
33,783 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, self-settled, NGOs)
64,832 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities & UNHCR)
13,339 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities)
8,926 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, UNHCR)
UNHCR accommodation scheme 15,418 people
Refugees and migrants accommodated in the Vathy Reception and Identification Centre (as of 31 January)
Refugees and migrants arrived on Samos Island
Persons with specific needs accommodated by UNHCR/partners outside Vathy Reception and Identification Centre
Core Relief Items distributed by UNHCR/partners during January such as rubber mats, blankets, hygiene kits, etc.
Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Feb 2017): 1,864
Total arrivals in Greece during Feb 2017: 471
Average daily arrivals during Feb 2017: 39
Average daily arrivals during Jan 2017: 45
Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 13
Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Feb 2017: 778
33,901 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, self-settled, NGOs)
64,756 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, UNHCR)
13,579 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities)
8,938 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, UNHCR)
UNHCR accommodation scheme 15,110 people
UNHRD is a network of depots around the world (in Ghana, Italy, UAE, Malaysia, Panama, Spain) that procures, stores, manages and transports emergency items on behalf of the humanitarian community.
Since the beginnings of the response operations to the European Refugee Crisis, relief items and support equipment have been sent to Austria, Serbia, Greece, and Turkey.
In the absence of safe and legal routes into Europe, hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants have travelled irregularly over the last few years, at considerable risk to their own lives. This has undeniably confronted European leaders with logistical, political and humanitarian challenges. With isolated exceptions European leaders have largely failed to meet them. The dramatic scenes that saw a million refugees and migrants cross the continent prompted a backlash that continues to echo resoundingly, prompting a raft of measures increasingly focused on blocking future arrivals.
In January, there were nearly 8000 detections of illegal border crossings on the three main migratory routes into the EU.
4400 migrants reached Italy by sea in January, a drop of 16% from a year ago and of nearly 46% from December. Most of the departures occurred from Libya.
The main reason for the decrease in migratory flows last month was worsening weather conditions on the Central Mediterranean, which made it nearly impossible to make a sea crossing for a larger part of the month.
The updated Country Report on Switzerland tracks recent developments in practice and case law governing asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention of asylum seekers and integration of beneficiaries of protection.
Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.
According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.
Author: Thomas Ruttig