So far in 2019, a total of 25,590 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea. The majority are from Afghanistan (39%), Syria (21%) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (9%). More than half of the population are women (24%) and children (36%), while 40% are men.
Arrivals in August 2019, at 7,712 increased in comparison to July, when 5,008 people had arrived on the islands. Arrivals during 2019 are 32% higher than those in 2018.
Lesvos received the majority (44%) of all new arrivals, during the first eight months of 2019, followed by the Dodecanese islands (27%), Samos (18%) and Chios (11%).