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IOM: Migrant Arrivals in Greece Top 45,000 through January 25

Migrants and refugees rescued in the Aegean Sea by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS). © MOAS.EU/Jason Florio Greece  - Since the beginning of 2016, IOM estimates that 45,361 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece by sea. This is roughly 31 times as many as the 1,472 recorded by the Greek Coast Guard for the whole of January 2015.

Some 90 per cent of the new arrivals are from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – the three countries whose nationals are allowed to pass freely from Greece into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) en route to Western Europe.

According to IOM’s Early Warning Information Sharing Network, implemented by IOM missions in Greece and the Western Balkans, an estimated 38,876 Syrians, Iraqis and Afghanis crossed into the FYROM in the two weeks ending January 21st, nearly 47 per cent fewer than in the preceding two weeks.

IOM Greece also helped almost 400 stranded economic migrants to return home to their countries of origin as part of its Assisted Voluntary Return program. Most of the migrants were from Morocco, Iran and Georgia.

The death toll in the Mediterranean continues to rise. With a series of shipwreck fatalities since Friday, IOM has tracked over 150 deaths in the Eastern Mediterranean this year, along with 19 more in the Central Mediterranean, bringing the total number of deaths in 2016 to 177. Last year at this time there were fewer than 77.

The journey from the Turkish coast to the Greek islands continues to be the deadliest route. The Greek  Coast Guard reported that at least 45 migrants lost their lives in three incidents off Lesbos (20/01), Farmakonisi (21/01) and Kalolymnos (21/01). They included 18 children.

There is increased activity in the Central Mediterranean in the past week. On Sunday 723 migrants were rescued at sea and brought to the Italian port of Trapani. One body was also brought ashore.

Mediterranean Developments: Arrivals by sea and deaths 1 - 25 January 2016

Country of Arrival Arrivals Deaths
Italy 1,853 19 (Central Med. route)
Malta 0  
Greece 45,361 158 (Eastern Med. route)
Cyprus 0  
Spain 0 0 (Western Med. and Western African routes)
Estimated Total 47,214 177

Data on deaths of migrants compiled by IOM RESEARCH. All numbers are minimum estimates. Arrivals estimates based on data from respective governments and IOM field offices.

Of the estimated 45,361 arrivals in Greece in 2016, the authorities have so far registered 75% (34,185.)
By nationality they include: 

TOP COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN  
SYRIA 16,318
AFGHANISTAN 9,825
IRAQ 4,801
IRAN 1,14
PAKISTAN 990

ALL COUNTRIES              
AFGHANISTAN 9,825   INDIA 18   SAUDI ARABIA 5
ALGERIA 53   IRAN 1,14   SENEGAL 3
BANGLADESH 87   IRAQ 4,801   SOMALIA 77
BRAZIL 1   IVORY COAST 1   SRI LANKA 34
BURUNDI 1   JORDAN 2   SUDAN 6
CAMEROON 14   LEBANON 52   SYRIA 16,318
CONGO 41   LIBYA 105   TUNISIA 12
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 20   MALI 16   TURKEY 10
EGYPT 63   MOROCCO 104   WESTERN SAHARA 5
ERITREA 14   NEPAL 5   YEMEN 7
ETHIOPIA 20   NIGERIA 10   TOTAL 34,185
GAMBIA 1   PAKISTAN 990      
GEORGIA 1   PALESTINE 323      

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For the latest updates on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe.
Missing Migrants Project, which draws on a range of sources to track deaths of migrants along migratory routes worldwide, is managed by IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in Berlin, Germany.

You can learn more about and support Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

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.
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