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Winter Operations Cell (Updated February 2, 2016 4:57 PM)

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Arrivals and Departures: In Greece, there were over 60,500 arrivals in January 2016, compared to almost 1,700 arrivals in January 2015. The beginning of 2016 saw a record number of deaths, with the number of people who have died or gone missing trying to reach Europe by sea surging in January to over 344 people. On 1 February, the number of arrivals to Greece decreased to 1,244 compared to 2,105 the previous day despite improved weather conditions. Following the end of the ferry strike on 31 January, departures from the islands to mainland Greece continued at a rate of over 5,000 persons per day.

Situation at Borders: In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the taxi strike continued, resulting in limited onward transportation from Gevgelija (border with Greece) to Tabanovce (border with Serbia). As a result, authorities allowed entry into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to only groups of 50 people every hour. By end of day, there were around 700 persons at the site in Eidomeni (Greece) and 1,300 persons on buses, which were held near Eidomeni awaiting access to the border area. On the morning of 2 February, authorities of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia temporarily prevented people from entering the country in order to allow the decongestion of the Vinjoug site, where 800 people were awaiting transportation. In Serbia, a significant decrease in arrivals was observed as a result of the taxi strike in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the temporary border closure between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia of 31 January. Due to the limited number of people in Sid, trains to Croatia were cancelled.

Condition of People: According to Turkish media, 996 people were reported to have been apprehended or rescued in Aydin, Antalya, Edirne, Canakkale,
Izmir and Edirne between 30 January and 1 February 2016.

Deaths at Sea: None reported.