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Mediterranean Migrant and Refugee Arrivals Top 90,000 in 2016

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Greece - IOM monitors in the eastern Mediterranean reported this week that cold weather contributed to a sharp drop in arrivals in Greece from Turkey, although the number topped 3,350 on Wednesday, February 17th, after many days of slow movement.

During the past week, IOM has learned of a single death on this route a boy believed to be traveling with a family from Afghanistan.

IOM unofficial data indicates that 937,241 migrants and refugees arrived between 01/01/2015 and 17/02/2016 through Greece’s maritime borders, suggesting that the figure will likely reach one million by mid-March.

The latest Mediterranean Update infographic

For further information please contact IOM Greece. Daniel Esdras, Tel: +30 210 9912174, Email: or
Kelly Namia, Tel: +302109919040, +302109912174, Email:
Or Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email:
Or IOM Geneva, Leonard Doyle, Tel: +41-792857123, Email: ldoyle@iom.intor Joel Millman, Tel: + 41 79 103 87 20, Email:

Read the full report here.