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Greece Aegean Islands Weekly Snapshot: 27 August - 2 September 2018

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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%).

Women account for 22% of the population and children for 28% of whom nearly 7 out of 10 are younger than 12 years old.

Approximately 15% of the children are unaccompanied or separated, mainly Syrian and Afghan.
Some 44% are men between 18 and 39 years old.

Entry Points by Sea

This week, 798 people reached the Aegean islands, the majority of whom arrived to Lesvos. The average daily arrivals on all islands was 114

Departures to the mainland

This week, 527 asylum-seekers departed, once authorized by the authorities, from the Aegean islands to the mainland. Of those, 314 (60%) were transferred – with the support of UNHCR – to State-run sites and UNHCR’s accommodation in apartments on the mainland.