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In the month of March 2016, 27,000 people made the journey across the Mediterranean to Greece bringing the total of arrivals in the first three months of the year to 151,400. In 2015, there were 856,000 sea arrivals. UNHCR iniKated a data collecKon and analysis exercise with support from the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) in order to beSer inform the wider community on the profile of refugees arriving to Greece, and improve immediate response and longer term planning.

27 May 2016 description

Baghdad, Iraq | AFP | Saturday 5/28/2016 - 13:03 GMT

by Ammar Karim with Layal Abou Rahal in Beirut

Iraq's elite forces deployed around Fallujah on Saturday, marking a new phase in efforts to retake the jihadist bastion, as concern grew for trapped civilians there and in neighbouring Syria.

After almost a week of shaping operations around Fallujah, the arrival of the counter-terrorism service (CTS) signalled that an assault on the Islamic State group inside the city may be imminent.

27 May 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 26 May 2016): 156,261

Total arrivals in Greece during May 2016: 1,159

Average daily arrivals during May 2016: 45

Average daily arrivals during Apr 2016: 122

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 60

27 May 2016 description

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 194,611 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through May 25. Fatalities – including some 100 still missing – IOM estimates at 1,475 through 26 May 2016.

Flavio Di Giacomo of IOM Rome notes that 37,363 migrants and refugees arrived on Italian shores through 25 May, including all rescued individuals brought ashore so far this week. That total will certainly climb today (27/5), as some 10,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued in the region since Monday, 23 May.

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Baghdad, 27 May 2016 - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is today (Friday 27 May) delivering emergency relief supplies to families who managed to escape the besieged Iraqi city of Falluja over the last few days.

More than 800 people have fled Falluja, mostly from outlying areas, as the government continues its military offensive to re-take control of the city, around 60 kilometres west of the capital, Baghdad. Falluja was the first city to be taken by extremist groups in January 2014. Since then, more than 3.2 million people have been displaced across Iraq.