Refugees & Migrants Sea Arrivals in Europe - Monthly Data Update: August 2016

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Aug 2016 View Original

In 2015 and until August 2016, an increasing number of people risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of safety. More than 1 million people arrived by boats in 2015 and more than 280,000 people between January and August 2016.
A 61 per cent come from the world’s top 10 refugee-producing countries.

Main trends:

  • In August 2016, 25,611 people arrived by sea through the Mediterranean. Among those, 3,447 people arrived to Greece, 21,294 people to Italy and 870 people arrived to Spain. Total arrivals to Greece, Italy and Spain in August remained almost the same compared to July (25,930), but decreased by 80% compared to August (130,837) in 2015.

  • Between January and August 2016, 282,616 people arrived by sea, including 163,744 to Greece, 115,068 to Italy and 3,804 to Spain. This constitutes 21% decrease compared to the same period in 2015 (356,432).

  • In 2016, the top three countries of origin of arrivals were Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • The majority of arrivals are from the Syrian Arab Republic (27.8%), Afghanistan (14.4%), Iraq (8.9%), Nigeria (7.9%),
    Eritrea (5.3%), Pakistan (3.1%), Côte d'Ivoire (3.0%), Guinea and Gambia (2.9%) each amongst others.