Migrants march like invading soldiers into Europe in 2015.
It could get worse…
So far this year there have been 21 times more migrants reaching Greece than last year at this time.
Al Ahram reported:
Greece has seen 21 times more migrants arrive on its shores so far this month than in all of January 2015, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.
Since the beginning of 2016, IOM said 31,244 migrants and refugees had arrived in Greece by sea, compared with just 1,472 recorded arrivals on the Greek islands in January last year.
“This is a huge jump,” spokesman Itayi Viriri told reporters in Geneva, warning that it does not bode well for the rest of the year.
“If the trend as it is now continues then certainly we’re looking at another record number,” he cautioned.
In 2015, more than one million migrants and refugees made the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe — nearly half of them Syrians fleeing a civil war that has been raging for nearly five years.
Although the number of arrivals in Greece last year was initially small, by the end of the year the country alone saw well over 850,000 arrivals.
The continued influx will likely add to the EU’s dissatisfaction with Turkey, a hub for migrants seeking to reach Europe which has on occasion been criticised by its Western partners for not doing enough to limit the numbers crossing the Aegean Sea.
— Aurelia BAILLY (@AureliaBAILLY) January 16, 2016