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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.
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.
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.
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)
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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"In all of my years of medical practice, I have never witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions."
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.
In August, 52,637 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (25,006 households) received cash assistance in Greece, in 95 locations.
This week, 1,578 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 871 arrivals and from last year’s 1,404 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 225, compared to 124 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Eighteen-year-old Syrian refugee Numeir is reunited with his parents and three siblings at Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport in Germany after years of separation.
This week, 871 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 798 arrivals but a decrease from last year’s 1,391 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 124, compared to 114 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Reacting to the news, Marion Bouchetel, advocacy officer for Oxfam in Greece, said:
“Thousands of refugees and other migrants are trapped on the Greek islands in trailers and tents that are blazing hot in summer and freezing cold in winter. Access to running water is limited. Unaccompanied children, pregnant women, and people with physical and mental health conditions have to wait over 10 months before they can even meet with an asylum officer to determine what might happen to them, and whether they have any chance of seeing their families again. This wait is agonising.
The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (39 per cent of total). Syrians constitute 18 per cent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Bangladeshis and Afghans.
In total, 309 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 33 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.
This week, 798 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 1,022 arrivals and from last year’s 907 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 114, compared to 146 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Over 17,000 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. In line with the trend of arrivals, the majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Syria (24%), Iraq (23%) and Afghanistan (19%).