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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016 Pass 84,000; Deaths Reach 410

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Greece - An estimated 78,333 migrants or refugees have crossed into Greece since the beginning of 2016. Of these 16,140 arrived in February and 62,193 arrived in January, according to IOM.

While migrants are continuing to arrive in Greece, February arrivals have declined by 36 percent from the first half of January. The highest daily total was on February 3rd (3,036) and the lowest on February 6th (7).

According to the Greek coastguard, 1,472 migrants arrived in Greece by sea in January 2015, and 2,480 in February 2015. 2016 totals are therefore about 20 times those of this time last year.

This weekend there were multiple landings on the islands of Chios, Kos, Megisti, Lesvos, and Kalymnos. A total 582 migrants arrived between 12-14 February. All the migrants landed safely.

IOM Greece estimates that of the 62,193 migrants and refugees who reached the Greek islands in January 2016, 44 percent were male, 22 percent female and 34 percent children.

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