IOM: 178,882 Mediterranean migrant arrivals in 2016
Latest confirmed fatalities stand at 737. Reports Monday of several hundred deaths of migrants from the Horn of Africa have yet to be confirmed by IOM monitors in the region.
On Friday, April 15, IOM reported some 177,207 migrants and refugees had arrived in Europe via Mediterranean Sea routes, and deaths of 732 men, women and children in 2016.
IOM estimates that some 24,581 migrants arrived in Italy by sea between 1 January and 17 April 2016. Of these, 6,200 arrived during the first two weeks of April.
Greece has seen a decline in the number of migrant and refugee arrivals this month. In 2016, IOM Athens reports arrivals of 153,625 migrants and refugees. A total of 1,007,359 migrants and refugees arrived in Greece during the period January 1, 2015 through Sunday, 17 April 2016.
IOM Athens reports today that unofficial data for arrivals in Greece by sea for April thus far in 2016 now stand at 2,257. Of those, 1,319 arrived on the island of Lesvos and 336 on Samos. Based on the latest information, over 54,000 migrants and refugees are currently stranded in Greece and being housed in newly established facilities in Attica and Northern Greece.
Through the first 100 days of this year, arrivals in Greece by sea averaged close to 1,500 migrants or refugees daily. In the past ten days, arrivals have dropped to an average of fewer than 70 per day.
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