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09 February 2016

Rescued Syrian migrants are brought ashore in Samos, Greece by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) rescue ship. (File photo) © Florio 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016 Pass 76,000; Deaths Top 400

Posted on Tues. Feb-09-2016

Greece - IOM estimates that over 76,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe by sea through the first six weeks of 2016. The daily average of nearly 2,000 arrivals is nearly ten times the daily average of a year ago.

Through 8 February, IOM has recorded 409 fatalities on Mediterranean routes:  319 of the dead or missing were on the Eastern Mediterranean route connecting Turkey to Greece and 90 on the Central Mediterranean route between North Africa and Italy.

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"The narrative has to be changed: refugees help the economy and without migrants the economies of destination states will suffer." – Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative for International Migration. More here.

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Migration in the News

  • BBC, AFP/Reuters, NPR, Irish Independent, Voice of America, International Business Times,  Euro News,  Washington Times and Prensa Latina reported that at least 27 migrants, 11 of them children, drowned off Turkey's Aegean coast trying to reach Greece.

  • IRIN interviewed people smugglers in Turkey who charge Syrian refugees up to USD 1,300 for a “safe” passage to Greece.

  • The Scotsman reported that Turkey and Germany have agreed a set of measures to try to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at ending the assault on Aleppo.

  • DW reported that record numbers of refugees and migrants continue to depart for Greece from the Turkish city of Izmir, where smugglers still operate openly, despite increased pressure from the European Union and local police.

  • Kuwait News Agency reported that rising unemployment and poor living standards in Iraqi Kurdistan has forced thousands of young Kurds to migrate to Europe in recent months.

Trending on the Internet

  • Politico asked a group of leading European thinkers, politicians and experts for their solution to Europe’s worsening migration crisis.

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