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25 Sep 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 80,602 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 23 September, with 35,653 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, with this week’s arrivals Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined.

The region’s total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 133,465 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 302,175 at this point in 2016.

25 Sep 2018 description
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Asylum seekers living at Moria, the reception and identification center on the Greek island of Lesvos, are under enormous mental strain. With no choice but to live in unacceptable conditions, with little concrete information about their futures and long waits to have their asylum claims heard, suicide rates among clients of the IRC mental health centre are astonishingly high: thirty percent of our clients have attempted suicide. Sixty percent have considered attempting suicide.

25 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Children on the move face a range of risks, lack protection and fall through the cracks during their desperate journeys through countries of origin, transit, arrival and return. Some 178,000 refugees and migrants, including 33,000 children, entered Europe in 2017, joining the 1.4 million people, including 360,000 children, who arrived in 2015-2016, and the 3.6 million people, including 1.2 million children, already hosted in Turkey. The Central Mediterranean was the most used route in 2017, with spikes of arrivals in the Eastern Mediterranean in the fall.

24 Sep 2018 description

Arrivals
This week, 667 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 1,578 arrivals and from last year’s 1,029 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 95, compared to 225 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands
Over 18,300 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Iraq (23%), Afghanistan (22%) and Syria (20%).

21 Sep 2018 description

Overview

So far in 2018, a total of 19,459 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea. The majority are from Syria (32%), Iraq (20%) and Afghanistan (19%). More than half of the population are women (24%) and children (37%), while 39% are men.

Arrivals in August 2018, at 3,197 increased in comparison to July, when 2,545 people arrived on the islands. Arrivals during the first eight months of 2018 are 29% higher than those of the same period in 2017.

21 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 21 September 2018 – The number of refugee and migrant children who arrived on the Greek Islands between January and August has risen by 32 percent compared to the same time-period last year. Over 7,000 children – on average more than 850 every month – have made the dangerous journey by sea, with most ending up in overcrowded and unsafe facilities.

Based on patterns from previous years, the number of refugees and migrants arriving by sea in Greece is expected to increase in the coming months.

21 Sep 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 78,372 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 20 September, 34,238 of whom travelled to Spain, the leading destination this year. This compares with 132,715 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

Spain, with over 44 per cent of all irregular arrivals on the Mediterranean to date, has outpaced Greece and Italy throughout the summer.

20 Sep 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

EU should stop backing policy that confines people to Aegean islands

Todor Gardos, Researcher, Europe and Central Asia Division

Boat migration to Greece is no longer in the headlines but the crisis for asylum seekers on the Greek islands continues.

19 Sep 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Key figures

24,800 estimated number of refugee and migrant children across Greece. Among them 3,050 UAC

79 accompanied children have been returned to Turkey, in the framework of the EU - Turkey statement (20 March 2016 - 31 August 2018)

526 children received international protection in Greece on first instance during August. Among them 25 UAC (August 2018)

18 Sep 2018 description
report IRIN

Eric Reidy, Freelance journalist and regular IRIN contributor

I first visited the Greek island of Lesvos in 2016. It was the tail end of the great migration that saw over a million people cross from Turkey to Greece in the span of a year. Even then, Moria, the camp set up to house the refugees streaming across the sea, was overcrowded and squalid.

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18 Sep 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 77,555 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 17 September, with 33,611 to Spain, the leading destination this year.

This compares with 131,884 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 298,663 through a similar point (13 September) in 2016.

Spain, with over 43 per cent of all irregular arrivals on the Mediterranean through this year, has outpaced

Greece and Italy throughout the summer.

18 Sep 2018 description
report Oxfam

EU plans for ‘controlled centers’ for asylum seekers mean more innocent people – including children – will be forced to live in de-facto detention centers, Oxfam said today. The plans, to be discussed at an informal EU summit in Salzburg this week, will not help the EU to better manage migration, but they will create needless suffering.

17 Sep 2018 description

"In all of my years of medical practice, I have never witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions."

17 Sep 2018 description

MSF calls for emergency evacuation of vulnerable people to other EU Member States

Monday, September 17, 2018 — The medical and humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is witnessing an unprecedented health and mental health emergency amongst the men, women and children kept in Moria camp, on Lesvos, Greece. MSF is calling for the emergency evacuation of all vulnerable people, especially children, to safe accommodation on the Greek mainland and within the European Union.

17 Sep 2018 description

Overview

In August, 52,637 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (25,006 households) received cash assistance in Greece, in 95 locations.