Mixed Migration Flows in the Mediterranean: Compilation of available data and information (September 2017)
146,287 TOTAL ARRIVALS TO EUROPE
137,771 TOTAL ARRIVALS TO EUROPE BY SEA
8,516 TOTAL ARRIVALS TO EUROPE BY LAND
Compilation of available statistical data indicates that the arrivals to Europe through the Mediterranean in the first nine months of 2017 are lower when compared to the same period in 2016. As of 30 September 2017, national authorities in Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Spain registered 146,287 newly arrived migrants mostly from the Middle East, Africa, South and Central Asia, a 55% decrease when compared to 322,299 recorded during the same period in 2016.
Between January and September this year there were 23,333 registered arrivals to Greece, a 86% decrease in comparison to 169,207 recorded by the end of September 2016. However, there was a 37% increase in arrivals during this reporting period, from 4,240 in August to 5,799 in September 2017.
The total number of migrants who arrived to Italy in 2017 reached 105,418 at the end of this reporting period, 20% decrease in comparison to the end of September 2016 (132,043). Transition from the second to the third quarter 2017 is marked with a drop in arrivals (59,460 in Q2 vs. 21,666 in Q3). However, the monthly data for August and September indicate a 61% increase, from 3,914 to 6,293 respectively which is in contrast to the same period in 2016 when a slight decrease has been recorded between August and September that year (3,789 vs. 3,256).
An increase is also observed in overall arrivals to Spain. By the end of September, a total of 16,173 migrants have been registered arriving to Spain by land (4,312) and sea (11,861). Available data for the same period 2016, indicates a 86% increase when compared to 30 September 2017 - from 8,673 in 2016 to 16,173 respectively.
During the months of August and September a total of 942 migrants have been recorded while trying to cross the Black Sea from Turkey to Bulgaria and Romania. For more information about DTM Event Tracking in the Black Sea check here.