Arrivals and Departures: The number of sea arrivals to Europe during the first four days of February 2016 has surpassed the total number of sea arrivals for the entire month of February 2015. In Greece, there was a noticeable decrease in the number arrivals from 3,299 on 3 February to 565 on 4 February, possibly due to deteriorating weather conditions.
According to a Europol report this week, 10,000 unaccompanied minors have disappeared in Europe without a trace. Several media have turned to Terre des hommes to explain the phenomenon.
Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.
See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.
Arrivals and Departures: In the last nine days, arrivals to the Greek Islands stabilised with an average of 2,250 arrivals per day. According to the Turkish Coast Guard, a boat capsized off the coast of Turkey, at Seferihisar in Izmir province.
A large transit camp with facilities appropriate for cold weather at the Greek border with “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (Macedonia) is now working at its full capacity providing relief and emergency assistance to refugees arriving in the area with the aim of crossing the border.
Access to the camp in the town of Idomeni had been previously arbitrarily restricted by the Greek police.
Thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants had been sleeping out in the open in a gas station in Polikastro, 20 km away, while the camp was empty or partly empty.
An area of low pressure, currently to the west of Greece, will deepen and gradually move eastwards. This brings increasing cloud along with rain across the south of Greece and the Greek Islands from Thursday and into the weekend, with heavy thundery showers likely on Friday. Very strong southerly winds will develop late Wednesday into Thursday in association with this low pressure system, bringing rough seas through the central Aegean Sea and around the Greek Islands.
Thessaloniki, Greece | AFP | Wednesday 2/3/2016 - 13:12 GMT
A bottleneck of around 7,000 refugees and migrants built up along Greece's border with Macedonia on Wednesday after a protest by Macedonian taxi drivers hampered their crossing, local police said.
Angry at being cut out of the lucrative business of transporting migrants northwards through Macedonia to the Serbian border, local taxi drivers have staged days of protests that have largely blocked the Greek border and halted the flow of trains northwards.
Arrivals and Departures: In Greece, there were over 60,500 arrivals in January 2016, compared to almost 1,700 arrivals in January 2015. The beginning of 2016 saw a record number of deaths, with the number of people who have died or gone missing trying to reach Europe by sea surging in January to over 344 people. On 1 February, the number of arrivals to Greece decreased to 1,244 compared to 2,105 the previous day despite improved weather conditions.
The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.
- 67,193 arrivals by sea in 2016
- 368 dead/missing in 2016 as of 10:00 CET 2 February
GENEVA, 2 February 2016 – For the first time since the start of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, there are more children and women on the move than adult males, says UNICEF.
Arrivals and Departures: The Greek Islands, in particular Lesvos and Chios, became congested due to the combined effect of the extended ferry strike and continued arrivals linked to better weather conditions. Humanitarian actors, in coordination with relevant authorities, activated contingency measures at each location to expand accommodation capacity.
Following the end of the strike on 31 January, over 5,000 people departed from the islands to mainland Greece.
Statistics and Highlights
Arrivals and Departures: As of 28 January, more than 50,000 people have arrived to Greek shores this year. Despite the number of arrivals to the Greek shores slightly increasing, no significant change was observed. Due to the ongoing ferry strike, departures from the islands to the mainland were delayed as compared to the regular schedule leading to over 7,000 people remaining on the islands.
55,528 arrivals by sea in 2016
244 dead/missing in 2016 as of 10:00 CET 29 January
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
Greece - IOM estimates that 55,528 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to enter Europe during the first 28 days of 2016 – a rate of nearly 2,000 per day. The daily average is nearly equivalent to the total numbers for the month of January as recently as two years ago.