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Winter Operations Cell (Updated March 1, 2016 5:29 PM)

Situation Report
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Arrivals and Departures: People continue to arrive to the Greek islands (2,470 daily arrivals on average last week) whilst the number of people crossing into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia remains limited (247 daily arrivals on average last week).
On average over the past week, only 10% of those arriving to the Greek shores were allowed entry into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

So far this year, according to UNHCR, over 9,000 people arrived in Italy as of 28 February, a slight increase in comparison to the same period in 2015, when over 7,800 people had reached the Italian shores by sea.

Situation at Border Crossings: 25 people were returned to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from Serbia. In Serbia, no train transport to Croatia was available for refugees and migrants. In Croatia, 23 people were returned from Slovenia.

Condition of People: The Greek police were able to restore calm following violent clashes with refugees and migrants which emerged as a result of the border crossing with fYR Macedonia being closed.

According to media sources, in Calais, France, clashes between police and refugees and migrants took place after authorities began to dismantle parts of the refugee camp’.

37 people were stopped at the border crossing between Italy and Austria for attempting to transit irregularly as a result of five border management operations over the past week.

Greek Education Minister, Nikos Filis, presented to his EU counterparts a plan to provide education to refugee children in Greece. Immersion classes will first be organized in hotspots, after which refugee children will then attend state schools.