Thirty times more refugees and migrants arrive in Greece


Wheel tubes used as life jackets by refugees and migrants during their journey from the Turkey, float off the coast of Mytilini, on the island of Lesvos, Greece, 17 February 2016. IOM estimates that of 321 people who have died in the Eastern Mediterranean (Turkey – Greece crossing) in 2016’s first nine weeks, 77 were children – an average exceeding one per day.

Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said that the refugee influx continues and the ongoing efforts to limit the influx of migrants and refugees from Turkey to the European Union didn’t bring the anticipated results.

Thirty times more, refugees and migrants arrived in Greece during the period between January and February 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported today, that during 1 January – 25 February, 120,369 migrants and refugees chose the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route to enter the EU, while in 2015 the number of the people who entered Greece was recorded at 3,952.

Turkish daily, Hurriyet, reported that Frontex Executive Directo...

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