Refugees

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25 Feb 2017 description

13,924 arrivals by sea in 2017

366 dead/missing

published 09:00 CET 24 February

363,401 arrivals in 2016

24 Feb 2017 description

GREECE, Thessaloniki: The Norwegian Refugee Council is providing apartments for refugees stranded in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, giving them a chance at regaining a normal life. When war came to the Syrian town of Kobani, the widow Shamza Misto fled with six of her eight children across the border to Turkey and then to Greece. From there, she planned to cross through the Balkans to join her son and daughter in Germany.

24 Feb 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM reports that 13,924 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 22 February, with over 75 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Greece and Spain. This compares with 105,427 through the first 53 days of 2016.

23 Feb 2017 description

Missing Migrants Project tracks fatalities of migrants, including refugees, traveling along mixed migration routes around the world.

This map shows the different transit routes to Europe. #MissingMigrants.

22 Feb 2017 description

Brussels, 22 February 2017

Dear European leaders,

We, the undersigned non-governmental organisations, are deeply concerned with the direction of the EU-Libya policy as outlined in the Commission Communication on the Central Mediterranean (25.01.17) and reaffirmed in the conclusions of the Malta Summit (03.02.17) and the Council Conclusions (06.02.17), aiming to stop migratory movements through Libya.

22 Feb 2017 description

13,170 arrivals by sea in 2017

272 dead/missing

published 09:00 CET 19 February

363,401 arrivals in 2016

22 Feb 2017 description

Total Mainland
33,981 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, self-settled, NGOs)
64,441 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities & UNHCR)

Total Islands
13,053 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities)
9,014 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, UNHCR)

UNHCR accommodation scheme 15,292 people

22 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The trend of increased numbers of refugees and migrants on the Central Mediterranean route continues in 2017 - more than 80 per cent of all sea arrivals during the first 6 weeks of the year were registered in Italy.

  • Major risks confronted by refugee and migrant children and women along this route remain to be detention, extortion, gender-based violence, abuse, exploitation and drowning at sea.

21 Feb 2017 description

2016 Key Figures

1: Turkey is the top refugee-hosting country in the world

28,901: Refugees submitted by UNHCR for resettlement (since 1 January 2016)

15,140: Refugees counselled on the work permit regulation by UNHCR and partners (Since March 2016)

24,703: Non-Syrian refugees and asylum seekers with specific needs identified by UNHCR and referred for assistance (since 1 January 2016)

32,047: Refugees and asylum-seekers received counselling from UNHCR Ankara (since 1 January 2016)

17 Feb 2017 description

12,381 arrivals by sea in 2017

272 dead/missing

363,401 arrivals in 2016

17 Feb 2017 description

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.

16 Feb 2017 description

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

15 Feb 2017 description
report European Union

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).

15 Feb 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Key figures

  • 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)

15 Feb 2017 description
report European Commission

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.