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SITUATION IN NUMBERS
# of arrivals in Europe through Italy, Greece and Spain in 2017
(UNHCR, 10 January 2018)
1 in 4
Of all arrivals in 2017 are children
(UNHCR, 10 January 2018)
# of child asylum-seekers in Europe between January and November 2017
(Eurostat, 10 January 2018)
Geneva– IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 2,583 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 17 January. This compares with 3,156 coming ashore during a similar period in 2017.
IOM Italy’s Flavio Di Giacomo reported Thursday (18/01) that a total of 1,671 migrants have been rescued in the waters between Libya and Italy in two days: 1,457 on Tuesday and 214 on Wednesday (the overall majority are not included in the above table).
In December, 37,597 eligible refugees and asylum seekers (17,023 households) received cash assistance in Greece, in 92 locations.
Covering mixed migration to, through & from NORTH AFRICA
About: MHub is the regional knowledge hub and secretariat for the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, comprising of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNODC. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensure the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.
Scope: This bulletin covers mixed migration trends in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, Greece and Italy.
17 January 2018
ATHENS, Greece/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Over two years ago, Greece became the centre of a refugee and migration crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people streaming into the country, many of them risking death to escape war, persecution and deprivation. In 2016 alone, some 173,000 people arrived in Greece, overwhelming local communities and resources.
A large majority of migrants are men (93%).
7% of observed migrants at flow monitoring points are minors.
73,031 migrants (11,678 incoming and 61,353 outgoing) were counted at Flow Monitoring Points, representing an average of 133 migrants per day.
The majority of surveyed migrants indicated their intention to travel to Algeria and Libya, while 41% intended to travel to Europe, in particular Italy and Spain.
"We are shouldering an immense refugee burden and cannot be left alone as we undertake this humanitarian responsibility on behalf of the world"
NICOSIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Greece, Jordan and Cyprus called for more effective support to countries on the frontline of the Middle East refugee crisis on Tuesday and pledged to deepen cooperation on a host of issues from water management to protection of artefacts.
(Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Sea arrivals continued mainly to Lesvos and Samos, but decreased this month to 2,300 people. The majority came from Syria and Iraq, and 59% were women and children.
The situation remains difficult for asylum-seekers staying under unhygienic conditions in border reception centres. 178 people at high risk are hosted in UNHCR-rented hotels for the winter.
The Government accelerated transfers to the mainland and UNHCR supported some 3,200 asylum-seekers, mainly vulnerable or families authorized to move.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 1,916 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 14 January. This compares with 3,046 coming ashore during a similar period in 2017.
IOM Italy’s Flavio Di Giacomo reported Monday (15 January) that last Thursday IOM learned that 263 migrants were rescued from a sailing ship of unknown registry and taken to the port of Crotone in Calabria, Italy. IOM staff had the opportunity to speak with the disembarking migrants, who were mainly Pakistani, Iraqi, Syrian and Afghan.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 1,476 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 11 January, with around 600 each landing in Italy and Greece and the remainder in Spain. This compares with almost an identical number – 1,159 – coming ashore during a similar period in 2017.
The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe. It initiated its activities in Greece in November 2015 due to the unprecedented influx of displaced populations in need of international protection initially in Lesvos.
Following new political developments and displacement dynamics in early 2016, DRC has expanded its activities to the mainland to respond to the needs of people living in several sites across Greece.
176,042 Total arrivals to Europe
164,754 Total arrivals to Europe by sea
11,288 Total arrivals to Europe by land
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 1,072 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea during the first week of 2018, with around 450 each landing in Italy and Greece and the remainder in Spain. This compares with almost an identical number – 1,159 – coming ashore during a similar period in 2017.
Data on deaths at sea, however, are much grimmer. Through the first eight days of the new year, a total of 81 Mediterranean Sea deaths of irregular migrants or refugees were recorded. Five of those deaths were in Western Mediterranean waters off Spain and Morocco.
So far in 2017, a total of 29,718 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea. The majority are from Syria (42%), Iraq (20%) and Afghanistan (12%). More than half of the population are women (22%) and children (37%), while 41% are men.