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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 180,245; Deaths: 1,232

Greece - IOM reports that an estimated 180,245 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through 20 April.
Latest fatalities stand at 1,232, including nearly 500 believed to have died off Libya earlier this month. Reports first surfaced on Monday (18 April) of the deaths of several hundred migrants – believed to be mainly from the Horn of Africa. A definitive account of the tragedy has yet to be confirmed.

1 Jan – 20 April 2016   1 Jan – 30 April 2015 
Country Arrivals Deaths Arrivals Deaths
Greece 154,227 376 (Eastern Med route) 22,408 31 (Eastern Med Route)
Cyprus 28   269 (Jan-Dec 2015)  
Italy 24,927 851 (Central Med route) 26,228 1,687 (Central Med route)
Spain 1,063 5 (Western Med and Western African routes) 3,845 (Jan-Dec 2015) 15 (Western Med and Western African routes)
Estimated Total 180,245 1,232 52,750 1,733

*As of 31 March 2016

Arrivals Total 2014 Total 2015 1 Jan – 20April 2016
Greece 34,442 853,65 154,227
Italy 170,1 153,842 24,927

IOM Rome reported Thursday that 237 migrants arrived in Augusta after being rescued in the Mediterranean on 16 April. IOM Italy spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo said they described taking a six-day voyage that began in Egypt. Their countries of origin included Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia and the Comoro Islands.
IOM estimates that some 25,586 migrants and refugees arrived in Italy by sea between 1 January and 21 April 2016. Of these, 6,200 arrived during the first two weeks of April. According to the Italian Ministry of Interior, 16,065 migrants arrived in Italy in the whole of April 2015.

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Meanwhile IOM Athens staff this week interviewed 41 migrants (34 men, 3 women, 3 children and 1 infant) in the Greek port of Kalamata, who survived the deadly shipwreck now under investigation, in which 500 people may have died.
 
IOM notes that unofficial data for arrivals in Greece in recent days are again ticking up. Through the first 100 days of this year, arrivals by sea in Greece averaged close to 1,500 migrants and refugees daily. For the past two weeks, arrivals had dropped to an average of 100 per day. Since Saturday (16/4), however, the daily average has risen to just over 150 (See charts below).

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For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic please go to:
http://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/default/files/Mediterranean_Update_22_April_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 Abby Dwommoh at IOM Turkey, Tel: +903124551202, 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 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 87 20, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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