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Winter Operations Cell (Updated February 26, 2016 12:46 PM)

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Arrivals and Departures: In the past 48 hours, 1,100 refugees entered the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Entry to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from Greece remains intermittent. An average of 3,000 people arrived daily to the Greek Islands this week.

Condition of People: In order to prevent overcrowding in Eidomeni, authorities set up several stop overs on the way from Pireus Port to Athens, and from Athens to the Eidomeni border crossing with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. People are sheltered temporarily in motels and sports centres. In addition, the transit centres in Athens (Schisto, Elaionas and Elliniko) as well as Diavata in Thessaloniki have become overcrowded. People remained overnight in open spaces such as Victoria Square in Athens. Overall, it is estimated that between 12,000 and 15,000 refugees and migrants are present across the country.

The Greek Minister of Shipping and Island Policy announced through media channels that ferry service transporting refugees and migrants from the islands to the mainland will be temporarily suspended, in an effort to avoid further congestion.

Serbian Prime Minister stated that the Government stands ready to accept refugees and migrants as part of a Europe-wide solution to the refugee crisis.

Deaths at sea: None reported.