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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 205,509; Deaths 2,443

IOM reports an estimated 205,509 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 31 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.
IOM has recorded no fatalities in the Mediterranean since Monday, May 30. Deaths so far this year are 2,443, compared with 1,828 during the first five months of 2015.

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With attention increasingly focused on the Central Mediterranean route connecting North Africa to Italy, it is important to note the dramatic change in migrant flows occurring on the route between Turkey and Greece’s Aegean islands. Some 156,567 men, women and children arrived through 31 May (see chart below.) But just seven individuals arrived on June 1.

 

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During 31 days in May, IOM reports just 1,465 migrants and refugees landed in Greece by sea, which is fewer than the total arriving daily on this route in both January and February.
As the charts above and below show, there were 67,415 arrivals to Greece by sea in January; 57,066 in February; 26,971 in March - the last month before Turkey’s pact with the EU to curb migration went into effect - and 3,650 in April.
Daily totals in those months dropped, respectively, to 2,174; 1,967, 870, and 121 migrants and refugees. In May the daily average for arrivals was 47.

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IOM has reported a surge of new arrivals to Greece further south, on sea lanes connecting North Africa to the island of Crete. Reports this morning (3/6) indicate over 250 people have been rescued from a shipwreck off Crete. The vessel is believed to have left North Africa with at least 700 migrants on board. If confirmed, these would be the first fatalities in Greek waters since April.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic please go to:
https://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/default/files/Mediterranean_Update_3_June_2016_2.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 IOM Geneva, Joel Millman, Tel: +41.22.717.9486 – Mobile: +41.79.103.8720, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Leonard Doyle, Tel: + 41 79 285 7123, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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