Eastern Mediterranean Route
6,860 Refugees and migrants arrived by sea to Europe in January 2017.
257 Refugees and migrants estimated to have died / gone missing at sea in 2017 compared to 361 in 2016.
1,393 Estimated sea arrivals in Greece in 2017 compared to 67,415 in 2016.
4,467 Estimated sea arrivals in Italy in 2017 compared to 5,273 in 2016.
Until 28 February 2017, there were 13,439 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 9,101 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 48% increase). Greece has seen a 98% lower number of arrivals in February 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 2,611 and 125,494 respectively.
According to available data, there have been 17,479 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 28 of February 2017.
Germany - A new data briefing produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) highlights a 27 percent increase in migrant deaths worldwide during 2016 compared to 2015. The number of migrant deaths and disappearances recorded by IOM increased significantly in many regions of the world, including the Mediterranean, the Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America.
Mediterranean 19,522 arrivals by sea in 2017*
522 dead/missing in 2017*
Trends of Sea Arrivals
Abderrahim, T., Knoll, A. 2017
On 2 March, the European Union published the third progress report on actions carried out under the Migration Partnership Framework to manage flows along the Central Mediterranean route. In light of the EU’s plans to enhance engagement with third countries, particularly in North Africa, this series of blogs sheds light on the on-going multilateral and bilateral discussions on migration with these countries.
Switzerland - IOM reports that 19,567 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 8 March, over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 143,544 through the first 68 days of 2016.
IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reports the same number of Mediterranean deaths – 521 – as were reported on Tuesday (7/3). The total of 521 does not include three deaths on Wednesday that were reported on Friday morning (10/03) in the Libyan coastal city of Al Khums. These deaths so far this year compare with 471 during the same period in 2016.
Children in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region1 have witnessed remarkable progress in development during the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. Starting from comparatively advanced levels, many countries made further progress in implementation of their children’s rights agenda since the beginning of the 21st century. However, progress has been uneven – among countries as well as within countries.
People arrived by sea.
Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) arrived by sea.
Sea arrivals disembarked in hotspots.
Dead and missing at sea.
Average EU protection rate of top nationalities arriving by sea in Italy.
Asylum-seekers relocated from Italy under the EU relocation scheme.
Between 1 and 31 January 2017, 4,467 persons arrived to Italy by sea. This is a slight decrease compared to sea arrivals at the end of January 2016 (5,273). As in previous years, monthly arrivals were comparatively lower during the winter, due to less favourable weather and sea conditions.
Refugees and migrants face heightened risks while trying to reach Europe – UNHCR report
In a new report, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, details the impact of the increased border restrictions introduced in 2016 on refugee and migrant movements towards and inside Europe. It shows that people continued to move but undertook more diversified and dangerous journeys, often relying on smugglers because of the lack of accessible legal ways to Europe.
14,094 arrivals to Spain
5,932 land arrivals
8,162 sea arrivals
The UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, in which over 250 000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region. After about 10 years, four Tsunami Watch Providers (TWPs) have been established: Turkey, Greece, Italy and France.
Missing Migrants Project traque les décès des migrants, y compris les réfugiés, qui parcourent des itinéraires de migration mixte dans le monde.
Cette carte montre les différentes routes de transit au Niger. #MissingMigrants
Missing Migrants Project tracks fatalities of migrants, including refugees, traveling along mixed migration routes around the world.
This map shows the different transit routes in Niger. #MissingMigrants.
Eleven people were hospitalised after the jump over the 6-metre, barbed-wire fencing surrounding the North African enclave
MADRID, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Some 359 African migrants broke through the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta early on Monday, in a second mass push after about 500 migrants breached the fence on Friday.
More than 1,400 migrants are now waiting in the North African enclave to be processed, Ceuta authorities said, adding that tents had been requested to house the latest arrivals.
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.