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Winter Operations Cell (Updated March 23, 2016 5:10 PM)

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Arrivals and Departures:

In Greece, some 1,419 people have arrived on the Islands after 20 March and have been accommodated in closed facilities. Capacity of these facilities is limited, as is service provision to date. On 22 March, there were a limited number of people arriving to Greece by sea in part due to strong gale force winds. These conditions are likely to continue through to 24 March.

As the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia remains closed, 1,166 people of concern to UNHCR remain present in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 2,000 in Serbia, 202 in Croatia, and 49 in Slovenia.

Condition of People:

In Greece, frustration and tension amongst refugees and migrants are on the rise on the islands and the mainland. In Eidomeni, two people attempted to immolate themselves as a sign of protest and were transferred to the hospital for appropriate care.

In an effort to decongest makeshift sites on mainland Greece, alternative sites are being established with the support of UNHCR. Tension is rising in several existing sites, and in particular in Eidomeni, with protests continuing through 21 March. Nevertheless 357 people were transferred from Eidomeni to relocation accommodation on the same day. The number of sites on mainland Greece hosting refugees now numbers 33.