Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016 Pass 84,000; Deaths Reach 410

Posted: 
02/16/16
Region-Country: 
Europe and Central Asia / Greece
Themes: 
Humanitarian Emergencies, Missing Migrants

Greece - An estimated 78,333 migrants or refugees have crossed into Greece since the beginning of 2016. Of these 16,140 arrived in February and 62,193 arrived in January, according to IOM.

While migrants are continuing to arrive in Greece, February arrivals have declined by 36 percent from the first half of January. The highest daily total was on February 3rd (3,036) and the lowest on February 6th (7).

Mediterranean Developments

 

Arrivals by sea and deaths in the Mediterranean

1 Jan – 14 Feb 2016

1 Jan – 28 Feb 2015

Country

Arrivals

Deaths

Arrivals

Deaths

Greece

78,333

320 (Eastern Med route)

3,952

428 (includes all Med routes)

Italy

5,987

90 (Central Med route)

7,882

Estimated Total

84,320

410

11,834

428

 

Arrivals by sea

 

Country

1 Jan – 31 Dec 2014

1 Jan – 31 Dec 2015

1 Jan – 14 Feb 2016

Greece

34,442

853,650*

78.333

Italy

170,100

153,842 **

5,987***

* Unofficial data collected by IOM Greece and the Greek authorities of arrivals by sea.
**Data provided by the Italian Ministry of Interior
*** IOM estimate

 

According to the Greek coastguard, 1,472 migrants arrived in Greece by sea in January 2015, and 2,480 in February 2015. 2016 totals are therefore about 20 times those of this time last year.

This weekend there were multiple landings on the islands of Chios, Kos, Megisti, Lesvos, and Kalymnos. A total 582 migrants arrived between 12-14 February. All the migrants landed safely.

IOM Greece estimates that of the 62,193 migrants and refugees who reached the Greek islands in January 2016, 44 percent were male, 22 percent female and 34 percent children.

 

  Arrivals by sea in Greece - January 2016

Main Countries of Origin

Total

Syria

30,979

Afghanistan

18,983

Iraq

12,335

Pakistan

2,532

Iran

2,304

Total: All Countries of Origin

70,623

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic please go to:
http://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/default/files/Mediterranean_Update_16_February_2016_0.pdf

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe
Learn more about Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

For further information please contact IOM Greece. Daniel Esdras, Tel: +30 210 9912174, Email:  iomathens@iom.int or Kelly Namia, Tel: +302109919040, +302109912174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Or Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
Or Ivona Zakoska at IOM Skopje, Tel. +389 2 30 88 100, Ext. 133 Email: izakoska@iom.int,
Or IOM Geneva, Leonard Doyle, Tel: +41-792857123, Email: ldoyle@iom.intor Joel Millman, Tel: + 41 79 103 87 20, Email: jmillman@iom.int

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016 Pass 84,000; Deaths Reach 410