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- “Without Education They Lose Their Future”: Denial of Education to Child Asylum Seekers on the Greek Islands
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48,300 in Q1+Q2 2018
102,800 in Q1+Q2 2017
178,500 in 2017
362,300 in 2016
Dead and Missing
1,288 in Q1+Q2 2018
2,301 in Q1+Q2 2017
3,139 in 2017
5,096 in 2016
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 51,782 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 18 July 2018. That total compares to 110,189 at this time last year, and 244,722 at this time in 2016.
Arrivals to Spain (see chart below) this month have overtaken those to Italy. To date just over 36 per cent of all Mediterranean irregular migrants have come via the Western Mediterranean route, whose irregular migration volume has nearly tripled those registered at this time last year.
• Between January and June 2018, 50,800 refugees and migrants, including some 11,200 children, arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean. While Italy has recorded an 85 per cent decrease in sea arrivals in 2018 compared to the same period last year, Greece and Spain have seen a spike of 50 and 90 per cent respectively.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 — More than 8,000 men, women and children are trapped on the island of Lesvos, where the situation in Moria refugee camp is descending into chaos. With regular clashes and riots, incidents of sexual violence, and many people’s mental health deteriorating, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls for the vulnerable to be moved out of Moria into secure accommodation.
Greece: Asylum-Seeking Children Deprived of School
Few Classes in Government Camps on the Aegean Islands
(Athens) – Greece is denying thousands of asylum-seeking children their right to an education because of an European Union-backed migration policy that traps them on the Aegean islands, Human Rights Watch said today.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 50,872 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 15 July 2018. That total compares to 109,746 at this time last year, and 241,859 at this time in 2016.
Arrivals to Spain overtook those to Italy this past weekend. To date just over 35 per cent of all Mediterranean irregular migrants have come via the Western Mediterranean route, whose irregular migration volume has nearly tripled those registered at this time last year.
This week, 508 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 638 arrivals and from last year’s 618 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 73, compared to 91 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
“The situation for asylum seekers continues to be appalling in the Greek Reception and Identification Centre at Moria on the island of Lesbos, which houses 7500 people at present,” said Petra De Sutter (Belgium, SOC) who visited Athens, Kavala, Drama and Lesbos from 10 to 12 July for the preparation of her future PACE report on “Greek islands: more needs to be done.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 48,629 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 11 July 2018. That total compares to 102,308 at this time last year, and 239,492 at this time in 2016.
Arrivals to Italy and Spain are nearly identical, both just shy of 17,000 migrants, both destinations accounting for 35 per cent of the region’s arrivals. However, Spain continues to be the preferred destination, accounting for well over half of all arrivals since 1 June.
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2,400 people arrived by sea and 1,100 by land this month. The shortage of accommodation countrywide has led to overcrowding in some mainland sites while in Lesvos, Chios and Samos, 11,400 live in centres intended for 5,100. Many sleep in makeshift shelter while the high, summer temperatures increased hardship particularly for the vulnerable. Overcrowding and limited services increase protection risks. UNHCR’s top official urged authorities to find accommodation, ease overcrowding, boost services and improve living conditions.
Sea arrivals fell slightly in June to 2,400 compared to 2,900 in May and 3,000 in April. Most were Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian families and mainly arrived on Lesvos.
With limited accommodation on the mainland, some 2,700 people whose geographical restriction had been lifted by authorities remained on the islands.
Conditions deteriorated amid serious overcrowding, particularly in the Moria and Vathy reception centres on Lesvos and Samos
Athens, 11 July 2018 - We, the undersigned organizations active in human rights and humanitarian aid, urge the Regional Governor of the North Aegean Region to re-examine her decision to suspend the operations of Lesvos Solidarity in the area of PIPKA on the island of Lesvos.
1,288 Dead and Missing in 2018
(as of 30 June 2018)
2,301 Dead and Missing in 2017
(as of 30 June 2017)
Living in flimsy tents, pitched on mud in olive groves where farmers would usually leave their donkeys, life for refugees in camps on Greek islands is far from picturesque. But Moria camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos, stands out for its appalling conditions.
Read the full story on the Guardian.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 47,637 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 8 July 2018. That total compares to 101,392 at this time last year, and over 239,492 at this time in 2016.
Arrivals to Italy, Greece and Spain are about even through 14 weeks. Italy, with 35 per cent of arrivals, remains the busiest destination, barely edging out Spain (34%) and Greece (30%). If these trends persist, Spain looks likely to have had the largest number of arrivals before summer’s end.