Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 152,697; Deaths: 456

Posted: 
03/15/16
Themes: 
Humanitarian Emergencies, Missing Migrants

Greece - IOM estimates that 152,697 refugees and migrants have crossed into Europe since the beginning of the year, the vast majority of them (143,205) having crossed through the Greek islands, while the remaining (9,492) have reached Europe through Italy.

Several hundred more migrants and refugees reportedly have arrived in Spain in 2016; however IOM has yet to receive official notification of those numbers from Spanish authorities. Five migrants reportedly have perished in the waters between Spain and North Africa since January 1.

According to Greek authorities, besides the 143,205 migrants who have crossed into Greece through the blue borders, 1,013 additional Third Country Nationals (TCN) have entered over land borders with Turkey.

Significant arrivals continue to be recorded as more than 4,000 migrants reached the Greek shores between Friday 11/03 to Sunday 13/03. Unofficial data compiled since the first of January 2015 indicate that 996,855 sea-borne migrants and refugees have entered Greece from Turkey during the current emergency, and that the one-million arrival threshold will be reached this week.

Based on data collected by IOM field staff, approximately 13,000 migrants and refugees continue to be at the borderline with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM); an estimated 2,000 additional migrants are located 20km away from the actual border.

A new, deadly route has emerged as of Monday (14/03), as three Afghan nationals drowned at a river crossing into the FYROM. Among those who lost their lives were one pregnant woman, her sister and one unidentified man.

Arrivals by sea and deaths in the Mediterranean 1 January – 14 March 2016

 

 Country of Arrival

Arrivals

Deaths

Italy

9,492

102 (Central and Western Med route)

Greece

143,205*

354
(Eastern Med route)

Estimated Total

152,697

456

 

Arrivals by sea and deaths in the Mediterranean 2015/2016

 

1 Jan – 14 Mar 2016

1 Jan – 28 Feb 2015

Country

Arrivals

Deaths

Arrivals

Deaths

Greece

143,205

354 (Eastern Med route)

3,952

428 (includes all Med routes)

Italy

9,492

102 (Central and West. Med route)

7,882

Estimated Total

152,697

456

11,834

428

 

Country

Total 2014

Total 2015

1 Jan – 14 Mar 2016

Greece

34,442

853,650

143,205

Italy

170,100

153,842

9,492

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic please go to:
http://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/default/files/Mediterranean_Update_15_March_2016.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