This week, 267 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 571 arrivals and from last year’s 700 arrivals during the same period. The average daily arrivals this week equalled 38, compared to 82 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Over 16,700 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (31%), Iraq (19%) and Syria (14%). Women account for 21% of the population and children for 29% of whom nearly 7 out of 10 are younger than 12 years old. Approximately 19% of the children are unaccompanied or separated, mainly Afghan and Syrian. Some 44% are men between 18 and 39 years old.