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Tuesday, 22nd December 2015

Europe / Mediterranean - Migration Crisis Response Situation Report

Source: International Organization for Migration

From Situation Overview:

The number of arrivals by sea and land to Europe for 2015 is expected to exceed one million soon, with 990,671 arrivals registered by relevant national authorities as of 16 December. The vast majority of these numbers have arrived to Greece, which accounts for 806,175 people (81.3 per cent of all arrivals). Italy accounts for the second largest number of arrivals, with 150,317 people (15 per cent of all arrivals).

IOM estimates that more than 55,000 migrants and refugees have crossed into Greece since the beginning of December. In addition, the death toll in the Aegean continues to increase with approximately 684 deaths since the start of the year. On 15 December, there were more than 10 reported incidents off the coasts of Lesvos, Samos and Chios that required search and rescue missions by the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG). During the rescue missions, HCG ships saved 324 migrants and refugees and transferred them to the port of the respective islands.

From 10 to 16 December, 23,452 migrants and refugees were registered arriving in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, bringing the total of migrants and refugees who have entered the country from 19 June to 16 December up to 345,211. Of this total, 55.4% were men, 16.4% were women, and 28% were children (the gender breakdown for children is not available). Almost 19% of all the children were unaccompanied. 57% of all registered arrivals were Syrian nationals, 24.4% were Afghan nationals, and 12% were Iraqi nationals.

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