Greek refugee arrivals spike 2100% in January

ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

Refugees and migrants disembark from the ferry 'Eleftherios Venizelos' at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, 14 January 2016. The ship arrived in the port of Piraeus carrying some 1000 refugees and migrants that had landed the previous days on the Greek island of Lesvos (Lesbos), crossing from Turkey.

Almost 90 per cent of the newly arrived migrants are nationals coming from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.


The European refugee crisis is getting worse as since the beginning of 2016, 31,244 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece by sea.

According to figures provided by the Greek Coast Guard, this is some 21 times as many as the 1,472 recorded by the Coast Guard for the whole of January 2015.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that some 48 per cent  of Greece’s 2016 arrivals have been Syrians, 29 per cent  Afghans, 12 per cent  Iraqis, 3 per cent  Pakistanis and 2...


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