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Winter Operations Cell (Updated February 17, 2016 3:52 PM)

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Arrivals and Departures

Following five days of rough seas, arrivals to the Greek Islands rose as weather improved. UNHCR expects this trend to continue with increasing arrival rates in the coming days.

Condition of People

UNHCR Regional Representative for Central Europe, Montserrat Feixas Vihe, visited the Dobova refugee reception centre in Slovenia, and underlined the need for the Slovenian authorities to prepare for a possible increase in the number of asylum seekers. She praised the improvements introduced at the reception centre. In Greece, as the Chios hotspot started operations, the first 70 refugees were registered.

63 Syrian nationals were apprehended by the Turkish Coast Guard off the coast of Ayvalik in Turkey; according to media, 57 Syrian nationals were also apprehended off the Kaş district of Antalya as they attempted to travel to the Greek Islands.

In Croatia, 116 people remain in the Jezevo detention centre for being of other nationalities than Afghan, Iraqi or Syrian or for possessing false or no documents. UNHCR is monitoring their situation with frequent visits to the facility.

Deaths at Sea

A 4 year old child died on a boat arriving to Chios. According to media, the death is attributed to cold or humid conditions.