IOM: No evidence suggest a shift of the Syrian refugees towards Italy

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Last week, Frontex also reported that Italy has now become the EU’s top spot for refugee arrivals mainly because the significant drop in arrivals on the Greek Aegean islands in April.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that an estimated 190,973 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 18 May. During the first five months of 2015 an estimated 91.860 people in need entered the EU.


After the closure of the Balkan Route some people claimed that the majority of the Syrian refugees will try to enter the EU through the Central Mediterranean route, which is the route between Libya and Italy.

Based on that assumption, the Austrian government also decided to build a fence at border with Italy to reduce the upcoming influx.

However, on Friday, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that currently there are no evidence suggesting this route change. On the...


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