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Migrant Arrivals in Europe by Sea Reached 18,872 in First 11 Days of 2016

Italy - Migrant arrivals in Europe by sea averaged over 1,700 a day during the first 11 days of 2016, according to IOM. The period also saw the year’s first fatalities in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy, a route that took the lives of almost 3,000 migrants and refugees in 2015.
Flavio Di Giacomo of IOM Rome says that on Monday (11/1) Italian authorities in Santa Maria di Leuca (Apulia) recovered the body of a drowned woman, reportedly thrown into the sea by smugglers, together with 37 other Somali migrants who made it to shore safely from the same vessel. Up to eight other migrants are still missing. Another 220 migrants were rescued at sea en route to Italy during the period, according to Di Giacomo.
“The migrants included men and women. From Turkey, they travelled to Greece and then to Italy. When the boat was close to the coast, the smugglers reportedly forced them to jump into the water and swim – even those who did not have life jackets. Women who initially refused were beaten,” he noted.

Arrivals by Sea and Deaths in the Mediterranean 1 - 11 January 2016

Country of Arrival Arrivals Deaths
Italy 257 6 (Central Med route)

Malta 0
Greece 18,615 47  (Eastern Med route)

Cyprus 0
Spain 0 (Western Med and Western African routes)

Estimated Total 18,872 53
Meanwhile IOM Greece reports that irregular migrants and refugees from over 70 countries arrived and were registered by the Greek authorities in 2015.  Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan nationals accounted for nearly 770,000 of some 848,000 arrivals.

REGISTERED ARRIVALS IN GREECE BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN 2015

AFGHANISTAN 205,858
ALBANIA 1
ALGERIA 1, 353
ANGOLA 6
ARMENIA 9
BANGLADESH 3,598
BENIN 5
BURKINA FASO 32
BURUNDI 12
BURMA 33
CAMEROON 864
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 31
CHAD 2
CHINA 46
COLOMBIA 2
COMORES 50
CONGO 1,217
CUBA 2
DARFUR 1
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 376
EAST SAHARA 5
EGYPT 541
ERITREA 895
ETHIOPIA 71
FRANCE 2
GABON 5
GAMBIA 185
GEORGIA 3
GHANA 281
GUINEA 36
HONDURAS 2
HAITI 28
INDIA 177
IRAN 22,276
IRAQ 86, 989
IVORY COAST 231
JAMAICA 1
JORDAN 48
KAZAJSTAN 3
KENYA 4
KUWEIT 50
LEBANON 1,974
LIBERIA 12
LIBYA 405
MALI 357
MAURITANIA 37
MOLDOVA 2
MOROCCO 7,368
MYANMAR 174
NEPAL 252
NIGER 9
NIGERIA 686
OMAN 1
PAKISTAN 23,260
PALESTINE 6,115
PHILIPPINES 4
RUSSIA 2
RWANDA 16
SAUDI ARABIA 20
SENEGAL 143
SIERRA LEONE 64
SOMALIA 4,426
SOUTH AFRICA 15
SRI LANKA 195
SUDAN 368
SYRIA 475,902
TIBET 6
TOGO 51
TUNISIA 118
TURKEY 46
TURKMENISTAN 3
TZATZIKISTAN 7
UGANDA 184
UKRAINE 3
UZBEKISTAN 15
YEMEN 353
ZAMBIA 6
TOTAL 847,930


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IOM Greece reported that the Greek authorities have taken into custody a total 482 people suspected of involvement in human smuggling. They include 163 Turks, 141 Syrians, 66 Ukrainians, 28 Afghans, 17 Iraqis and 12 Greeks. Other people detained include Russians, Pakistanis, Algerians, Palestinians, Egyptians, a Dane and four citizens of the Dominican Republic.

IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, which draws on a range of sources to track deaths of migrants along migratory routes across the globe is managed by IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in Berlin, Germany.
For the latest updates on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean you can also visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe/  
You can also learn more and support the Missing Migrants Project at: http://www.migfunder.com/product/missing-migrants-project
 
For further information please contact IOM Greece. Daniel Esdras, Tel: +30 210 9912174, Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Kelly Namia, Tel: +302109919040, +302109912174, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or IOM Geneva. Leonard Doyle, Tel: +41-792857123, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Joel Millman, Tel: +41-79 103 8720, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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