In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, IOM has installed 14 out of a planned 26 sleeping containers at the transit reception centre in Gevgelija to meet the needs of migrants and refugees at this centre. The containers are fully equipped with beds, linens, pillows, and blankets.
Between 1 January and 23 February 2016, IOM legal teams in Sicily, Calabria and Apulia, together with its partners, assisted with more than 25 boat landings and provided legal counselling to approximately 95% of the migrants arrived by sea.
In Turkey, to help improve the reception conditions for those rescued at sea, IOM, to date, has provided 5,000 blankets, six tarpaulin tents (to help shelter rescued migrants and refugees from the winter elements at reception areas), 14 heaters, 340 plastic chairs (used at the reception areas inside the tents), clothing, and food and water at six reception points (Küçükkuyu, Ayvalık, Dikili, Çeşme, Didim, and Bodrum).
IOM has provided humanitarian relocation services to a total of 295 refugees in Greece who were relocated to other EU Member States as part of the EU relocation programme.
As of 23 February, the DTM team in Croatia has reported more than 2,750 successfully completed questionnaires from the Opatovac and Slavonski Brod reception transit centres. Input and data from the questionnaires are analysed and summarized in a weekly report that is then further disseminated to interested partners and stakeholders.
IOM provided transport assistance to 760 returning Nigeriens so that they could return to their home regions. Additionally, IOM provided 15 third-country nationals with transport assistance back to their home country: 8 to Cameroon; five to Senegal; one to Burkina Faso; and, one to Bissau Guinea.