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Winter Operations Cell (Updated February 19, 2016 2:17 PM)

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Arrivals and Departures: The UNHCR Winter Operations Cell has developed an analytical correlation model to statistically estimate the number of arrivals to Lesvos. While this remains in testing phase, it considers variables such as sea states and related weather conditions. Yesterday, the estimate projected was approximately 1,000 less than the actual number of arrivals. EU border agency, Frontex, reported that some 900 refugees and migrants were rescued near Lesvos between the port of Mytilene and the Turkish coast.

Condition of People: 103 people were voluntarily repatriated from Finland to Iraq, accompanied by dozens of Finnish police. Most had cancelled their asylum applications.

In Canakkale, Turkey, the media reported 186 refugees and migrants were arrested while attempting to travel to Greece. At least 91 were of Syrian nationality.

In Sid, Serbia, a group of refugees and migrants, who were returned from Slovenia or Croatia two days ago, protested for not being able to continue their journey towards the EU causing a halt in train transportation. As an alternative, refugees and migrants were transported from Serbia to Croatia by buses instead of by train.

On the Greek Islands, as four hotspot facilities recently became functional, challenges in the registration process and allocation of roles were resulting in extending waiting periods. UNHCR and partners provided support to authorities in flow management, transportation, accommodation and additional equipment.

Deaths at Sea: None reported.