During the first quarter of 2018, some 16,700 refugees and migrants entered Europe through the Mediterranean. This is less than half of registered arrivals during the same period in 2017. One in five of them were children.
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 11 Mar 2018): 5,556
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 11 Mar 2017): 15,841
Total arrivals 1 Mar - 11 Mar 2018 308
Total arrivals 1 Mar - 11 Mar 2017 2,402
Average daily arrivals in March 2018 so far: 28
Average daily arrivals in February 2018: 38
Dead and missing in 2018 (as of 11 Mar) 426
Dead and missing in 2017 (as of 11 Mar) 535
Dead and missing in 2017 3,139
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 9,768 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first seven and a half weeks of 2018, with just over 53 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided almost evenly between Greece and Spain. This compares with 13,799 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.
Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 9,768 in 2018;
Deaths Reach 414
The number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe in 2017 dropped 48% compared to 2016 with over 172,300 people arriving by sea last year compared to over 362,700 in 2016. Of the three sea routes, most crossed via the Central Mediterranean route from North Africa to Italy with smaller numbers crossing via the Eastern Mediterranean route to Greece and Cyprus and the Western Mediterranean route to Spain
By the end of January 2018, UNHCR had created 22,039 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 3,622 separate buildings, in 20 cities across Greece.