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Greece Aegean Islands Weekly Snapshot: 22 - 28 February 2021

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This week, 57 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 41 arrivals but a decrease from last year’s 572 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals on all islands this week equaled 8, compared to 6 in the previous week.

Present Population on the Islands

Some 16,500 refugees and asylum-seekers reside on the Aegean islands. Of those, 12,500 (76%) reside in the permanent and temporary Reception and Identification Centers (RICs).

The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (48%), Syria (16%) and Somalia (8%).

Women account for 21% of the population, and children for 26% of whom nearly 7 out of 10 are younger than 12 years old.

Approximately 6% of the children are unaccompanied or separated, mainly from Afghanistan.

Entry Points by Sea

Lesvos received the highest number of arrivals (57). The Dodecanese islands, Chios and Samos received no arrivals.

This week, 209 refugees and asylum-seekers, once authorized by the authorities, departed from the Aegean islands to the mainland.