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23 Dec 2015 description

The European Commission (EC) enacted four major decisions during this reporting period. It:

03 Dec 2015 description


  • 866,484 Refugees and migrants arriving by sea to Europe in 2015.

  • 3,510 Refugees and migrants estimated to have died / gone missing at sea in 2015.

  • 719,087 Sea arrivals in Greece as of 26 November.

  • 2,600 Average daily sea arrivals in Greece from 20 - 26 November.

  • 144,000 Sea arrivals in Italy as of 26 November.

  • 248,261 UNHCR high and medium thermal blankets distributed since the start of the crisis.

10 Nov 2015 description


  • UNHCR released its Winterization Plan for the Refugee Crisis in Europe, including an Emergency Appeal amounting to USD 96.15 million.

  • Greece witnessed over 42,000 refugees and migrants arriving by sea. The ferry strike from 2 to 6 November put additional pressure on already overstretched reception capacity on all islands. Around 19,000 people were stranded on the islands on 5 November.

29 Oct 2015 description


  • EU and Western Balkans’ leaders met to discuss refugee flows along the Western Balkan Route. A 17-point plan of action was adopted, including measures to increase reception capacity. The High Commissioner for Refugees participated in the meeting and UNHCR’s support is foreseen as part of this initiative.