In November, the number of migrants arriving in Italy fell by half from the previous month to 13 740. But the figure was still more than four times the total recorded in the same month of last year despite deteriorating conditions at sea. In the first 11 months of the year, more than 173 000 migrants were detected on the Central Mediterranean route, nearly a fifth more than in the same period of 2015.
Trends of Sea Arrivals
352,471 arrivals by sea in 2016
published 09:00 CET 9 December
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
Switzerland - IOM reports that 352,471 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 7 December, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, compared with 910,563 through this same date in 2015.
Some 174,603 people have arrived by sea in Italy and 172,234 in Greece during 2016, with much smaller numbers arriving in Cyprus and Spain.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 8 December 2016
The Commission is today reporting on progress made in the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement and on the EU's relocation and resettlement schemes.
The Commission also adopted a fourth Recommendation today that takes stock of the progress achieved by Greece to put in place a fully functioning asylum system and sets out a process for the gradual resumption of Dublin transfers to Greece.
Switzerland - IOM reports that 351,080 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 4 December, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, compared with 883,393 by this time in 2015. Some 173,571 people have arrived by sea in Italy and 171,875 in Greece during 2016.
The total number of migrant and refugee fatalities in the Mediterranean since the beginning of 2016 is now 4,715. This is 1,148 more deaths than at this point last year, when 3,567 men, women and children were reported drowned through November 30.
ROME, Dec 5 (Reuters) - More than 1,000 migrants were plucked from overcrowded boats and 16 bodies were recovered in the past two days, Italy's coastguard said on Monday, adding to the already record number of arrivals this year.
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Speech by Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at the European Policy Centre, Brussels
By: Filippo Grandi | 5 December 2016
Study of EU hotspot approach reveals serious challenges in Greece and Italy
The EU ‘hotspot approach’ was designed to ensure operational support to Member States facing disproportionate migratory pressure. However, one year since the first hotspots was set up and half a year since the entry into force of the EU Turkey Statement, research reveals that the pressure in these countries is growing and the challenges in accessing protection are multiplying.
Ambassador-Designate to Libya, Giuseppe Perrone, and the Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Libya, Giorgio Starace, travelled to Tripoli and Misrata today while a delivery of 3 tonnes of medicines and medical aids carried by an Italian Air Force C-130 was being made to the two Libyan cities. The material is destined for the military hospital in Tripoli and the civilian hospital in Misrata. It will allow basic care to be provided to around 10,000 people for 3 months and specific treatments to be given to 100 war-wounded people.
"People are arriving here exhausted, hungry and thirsty and often in need of urgent medical attention.” Riccardo Sansone" Oxfam’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Serbia*
A global displacement crisis
More than 65 million people around the world are now officially displaced from their homes – the highest figure recorded by the United Nations since the Second World War.
Switzerland - IOM reports that 350,573 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 30 November, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, compared with 883,393 by this time in 2015.
Some 171,751 people have arrived in Greece and 173,188 in Italy during 2016. Arrivals in Italy increased by 20.1 percent from 144,205 at this point last year. The figures, provided by the Italian Ministry of Interior, show that migrants continued to cross the Mediterranean, despite dangerous sea conditions and colder winter weather.
2 bodies retrieved
arrivals by sea in 2016*
dead/missing in 2016
Trends of Sea Arrivals
159,427 Sea arrivals Jan-Oct 2016
140,987 Sea arrivals Jan-Oct 2015
Between 1 January and 31 October 2016, 24,902 children arrived to Italy by sea: 91% of children arrived unaccompanied (22,772). UASC account for some 14% of all sea arrivals in the above period, an increase of around 110% compared to the same period of 2015.
Combined Europe Population Movement Operations Update Timeframe covered: August - November 2016
A. Situation overview - Highlights
Since the EU-Turkey agreement, sea arrivals to Greece have significantly dropped compared to 2015, but many migrants continue to reach Europe. Since the summer, there was a shift of sea arrivals to Italy, but every European country has been affected by the migration crisis which is the biggest one for the continent since the second World War.
NICE, 30 November 2016
347,709 arrivals by sea in 2016*
4,690 dead/missing in 2016*
Trends of Sea Arrivals
Italy will fund several projects of UN agencies on food security and rural radio in eastern Sudan. Now the country has made its first contribution to promoting the resilience of former combatants in Blue Nile.
Earlier this month the Italian government, through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), has funded three new projects respectively with heritage organisation UNESCO (300,000), the World Food Programme (500,000) and the Refugee Agency (UNHCR, 700,000).