01. April 2016 · Kommentare deaktiviert für Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 169,060; Deaths: 620 · Kategorien: Mittelmeer · Tags: ,

Quelle: IOM

Greece – At least 170,000 migrants and refugees have entered Europe along sea-borne routes through the first three months of 2016, according to calculations by the International Organization for Migration. This unofficial tally is based on arrivals to Italy reported late Thursday, as well as several hundred migrants and refugees believed to have entered Europe via Spanish waters during the course of 2016.

The 170,000 total is more than eight times the number – 20,700 – recorded through the first three months of 2015, a year when a record one million migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean.

IOM reports these as confirmed figures: 169,060 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through March 30. This includes 150,703 via the Eastern Mediterranean (Turkey to Greece) and 18,357 via the Central Mediterranean (North Africa to Italy.) IOM reports there have been 620 deaths at sea so far in 2016, compared with 505 through this period last year – an increase of 23 percent.

Deaths of minors – all recorded in the waters linking Turkey to Greece – now stand at 358 since the first of September, 2015. Child drownings made up nearly half the deaths recorded on the same route during the last four months of 2015, but only a quarter of migrant fatalities so far this year. […]

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