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Mediterranean Migrant and Refugee Arrivals Top 90,000 in 2016

md02192016IOM monitors in the eastern Mediterranean reported this week that cold weather contributed to sharp drop in arrivals in Greece from Turkey, although the number topped 3,350 on Wednesday, February 17th, after many days of slow movement.

During the past week, IOM has learned of a single death on this route - a four year old boy believed to be traveling with a family from Afghanistan.  

IOM unofficial data indicates that 937,241 migrants and refugees arrived between 01/01/2015 and 17/02/2016 through Greece’s maritime borders, suggesting that the figure will likely reach one million by mid-March.

MEDITERRANEAN DEVELOPMENTS
ARRIVALS BY SEA AND DEATHS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN 1 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY 2016

Country of Arrival Arrivals Deaths
Greece 83,591 321 (Eastern Med route)
Italy 7,165 90 (Central Med route)
Estimated Total 90,756 411

DATA ON DEATHS OF MIGRANTS COMPILED BY IOM GMDAC.  ALL NUMBERS ARE MINIMUM ESTIMATES.
ARRIVALS ESTIMATES BASED ON DATA FROM RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS AND IOM FIELD OFFICES.

Country Total 2014 Total 2015
Greece 34,442 853,65
Italy 170,1 153,842

* Unofficial data relating to maritime borders collected by IOM staff and Greek authorities.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic please go to:
http://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/default/files/Mediterranean_Update_19_February_2016_0.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:  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.

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