Mediterranean Migrant Deaths Reach 374; Arrivals in Greece Top 68,000 in 2016

Posted: 
02/05/16
Region-Country: 
Europe and Central Asia / Greece / Italy
Themes: 
Humanitarian Emergencies, Missing Migrants

Greece - IOM estimates that Mediterranean migrant and refugee arrivals in Italy and Greece reached 74,676 through February 4th.

The first four days of February saw 7,483 arrivals—surpassing the 6,834 recorded for the entire month of February in 2015.

Mediterranean Developments
Arrivals by sea and deaths

1 Jan-4 Feb 2016

1 Jan-28 Feb 2015

 Country

Arrivals

Deaths

Arrivals

Deaths

Italy

5,898*

90 (Central Med route)

7,882

428 (includes all Med. Routes)

Greece

68,778*

284 (Eastern Med route)

3,952

Estimated Total*

74,676

374

11,834

428

 

Arrivals by sea and deaths - 2015

 Country of arrival

Arrivals

Deaths

Greece

853,650*

806 (Eastern Med route)

Cyprus

269

Italy

153,842* 

2,892 (Central Med route)

Malta

106

Spain

3,845

72 (Western Med and Western African routes)

Estimated Total

1,011,712

3,770

*Data for Greece is sourced from IOM Greece staff and the Greek authorities.
*Data for Italy as of 31 December 2015 is sourced from the Italian Ministry of Interior.

Since the beginning of 2016, IOM estimates that 68,778 migrants and refugees have reached the Greek islands. Of these roughly 44 per cent were men, 22 per cent women and 34 per cent children.

Due to a ferry strike in late January, many were stranded for days on several islands. Once ferries resumed operations, an estimated 14,785 migrants and refugees arrived at the mainland ports of Piraeus and Kavala between February 1st – February 4th.

ARRIVALS BY SEA IN GREECE

IOM Greece also reports an unprecedented level of interest in its European Union-funded Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programme, which helps migrants to safely return home, if they so choose. Some 1,600 people have already registered for the scheme in 2016, 710 have already departed and over 400 are expected to leave in the next two weeks. Of the 710 who have already left, 70 per cent were Moroccan, 9 per cent Iranian, 8 per cent Georgian and 2 per cent Bangladeshi.

Meanwhile IOM Rome reported Thursday that 117 migrants were rescued at sea and brought to Messina in past 24 hours. Since the beginning of February, 625 migrants have been rescued at sea and brought to Italian ports.

IOM Germany forwarded Friday new statistics on asylum applications and arrivals for Germany for January 2016, as released by the German Ministry of Interior on Thursday (4/02.)

A total of 52,103 persons applied for asylum in Germany in January 2016 (50,532 initial asylum applications, 1,571 subsequent applications). This is an increase of 108.1 per cent compared to January 2015 and an increase of 7.9 per cent compared to the previous month.

In 2015, a total of 476,649 persons applied for asylum in Germany. Top countries of origin were Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Albania, Iran, Serbia, Pakistan and Eritrea.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic please go to:
http://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/default/files/Mediterranean_Update_05_February_2016.pdf

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean,please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe
Learn more about the 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 Sabine Schneider, IOM Germany, Tel. +49 30 278 778 17  Email: sschneider@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

Migrants and refugees struggle ashore on a Greek beach. © F. Malavolta 2016
Migrants and refugees struggle ashore on a Greek beach. © F. Malavolta 2016