Published on March 1st, 2018 | by Georgia Archonti0
Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 7,511 in 2018; Deaths Reach 390
IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 7,511 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first five weeks of 2018, with about 62 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece and Spain, both at roughly 19 per cent. This compares with 10,078 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.
On Monday (05/02) IOM Rome reported Italy’s official Ministry of Interior figures indicate some 4,723 migrants arrived by sea to Italy this year, which is roughly a 45 per cent decline from the same period last year, when 8,427 arrivals were recorded.
IOM Athens’ Kelly Namia reported that over the previous four days, the Hellenic Coast Guard informed IOM of only one incident requiring search and rescue operations off the island of Rhodes, on 31 January. The Coast Guard rescued 30 migrants and transferred them to the island. Nine others arrived the same day on Kos – while no other landings were reported over the next three days.
Through Saturday (03/02) IOM reports just 1,501 irregular arrivals to Greece by sea, an average of just under 45 per day.
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