Greece: Asylum Seekers and Migrants
Created: 05/04/2016 +


During the first six months of 2015, the islands of Greece overtaking Italy as the primary point of arrival, and already surpassing the numbers for whole of 2014. In January 2015, there has been a 145% increase in asylum seekers and migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey to Greece compare to January 2014. During the first six months of 2015, more than 158,000 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea. As of 24 July, 100,000 people have arrived on Greek islands since the beginning of 2015, 130% more than arrived in all 2014. More than 1,000 people have been arriving every day since the beginning of June, as opposed to 200 in May. More migrants and asylum seekers are expected in the coming months as the peak season usually lasts from July to September. According to a government official, more than 200,000 migrants are expected to arrive by the end of the year.