Migrant Deaths in January Top 360; Arrivals in Greece Top 62,000

Europe and Central Asia / Greece
Humanitarian Emergencies, Missing Migrants

Greece - Fatalities of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean in January topped 360 due to a particularly deadly final weekend of the month, when over 100 men, women in and children died in the waters off Greece, Turkey and Italy.

The deaths of 70 migrants and refugees leaving Libya for Italy was reported to IOM’s Rome office on Saturday, the same day 39 people were reported missing, presumed drowned off Greece.

In what is now the fourth year of the Mediterranean’s migrant emergency, children were especially vulnerable during the past month. IOM estimates that 60 children under the age of 18 died on the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route, bringing to 330 the total number of minors drowning in those waters over the past five months.

The worst month for these fatalities was December, when 82 children under the age of 18 died in the Eastern Mediterranean, many of them infants and toddlers.

IOM figures for all of 2015 show a total of 114,026 accompanied and unaccompanied minors arriving in the Eastern Mediterranean, or about one in seven of the 847,084 total.

So far in 2016, 19,781 accompanied and unaccompanied minors have arrived, or about one in three of all migrants or refugees. In Italy in 2015, 16,461 accompanied and unaccompanied minors arrived from North Africa, roughly one in ten of all arrivals.

Through January, 62,193 migrants and refugees have entered Europe through Greece. Surveys by the Greek authorities indicate that 91 per cent come from three countries –
Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Arrivals by sea and deaths in the Mediterranean

1-31 January 2016

January 2015








272 (Eastern Med route)


82 (Both routes)


5, 000

96 (Central Med route)








Arrivals by Sea in Greece



1-31 January 2016






IOM estimates that Italy in January 2016 saw the arrival of at least 5,000 migrants or refugees rescued from vessels leaving North Africa, up from 3,528 the previous January. 

On January 30th, 400 migrants were rescued in Taranto, including 69 women (four of whom were pregnant) and 38 unaccompanied minors. On January 31st, 91 migrants were rescued near Augusta and transferred to the reception centers of Zagara, Oasi Don Bosco and Umberto Primo. These figures may increase as some rescued migrants haven’t been brought ashore and are yet to be registered.

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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 IOM Geneva, Leonard Doyle, Tel: +41-792857123, Email: ldoyle@iom.intor Joel Millman, Tel: + 41 79 103 87 20, Email: jmillman@iom.int

A Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) team rescues migrants in the Aegean between Greece and Turkey (File photo). © MOAS.EU/Jason Florio
A Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) team rescues migrants in the Aegean between Greece and Turkey (File photo). © MOAS.EU/Jason Florio